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Hugh Amuri Robinson

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hugh Amuri AWMM
  • Surname
    Robinson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    1046 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 September 1912 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Waipukurau, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Waipukurau, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Waipukurau, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs M.I. Robinson (mother), Te Maire, Waipukurau, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs M.I. Robinson (mother), Te Maire, Waipukurau, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs M.I. Robinson (mother), Flat 2, 302 Knight Streeet, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: London Gazette, 30 April 1946. Citation: "Lieutenant Colonel Robinson commanded 20 NZ Armoured Regiment in the campaign from the crossing of the River Senio to the end of hostilities in Italy, during most of which time his Regiment was under command of 6 NZ Infantry Brigade. The successful co-operation between tanks and infantry which was an outstanding feature of the campaign was greatly due to Lieutenant Colonel Robinson who co-ordinated the armoured thrusts in conjunction with the infantry plan. By his untiring efforts, energy, resourcefulness and ability to make full use of flexibility once the battle was joined, the tanks under his command never failed to reach forward infantry by first light in all the major attacks ... The tanks under Lieutenant Colonel Robinson's command were always with the forward troops and this officer's presence with his squadrons was an inspiration to his men and imparted an extraordinary vigour and drive to the advance. At the River Po this officer personally reconnoitred, discovered and operated a ferry for the passage of Armour across the river before the pontoon bridge was complete. The deployment of his tanks across the river by this means consolidated the bridgehead and made possible the further rapid advance of the Division ... After passing from command of 6 NZ Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Robinson's Regiment went on to mop up the last organised enemy resistance in Trieste. During the whole campaign Lieutenant Colonel Robinson's courage, initiative and complete disregard for personal danger were an inspiration to those who were privileged to serve under him, or work alongside him. He has displayed throughout powers of leadership of the highest order." AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      30 December 1941 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Robinson, Hugh Amuri. (Ref. WO 373/27/431). Military Cross. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration and 3 bars (ED***) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded twice AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Commanding Officer (CO) of 18 Armoured Regiment, March - July 1944.

    CO of 20 Armoured Regiment, May - October 1945.

    CO of 2 Armoured Regiment, 1951.

    Member of NZ contingent to Victory Parade, London, UK, 1946.

    Lt-Col H. A. Robinson, DSO, MC, m.i.d.; Waipukurau; born New Plymouth, 29 Sep 1912; farmhand; CO 18 Armd Regt Mar-Jul 1944; 20 Armd Regt May-Oct 1945; twice wounded. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.330.) AWMM

Death

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  • Age at death
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  • Obituary
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Sources

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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 155 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 15: WW2 122 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 113 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.330. AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.105, 106. AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.26, 28, 61, 72, 73, 91, 108, 172, 192, 209, 212, 228, 269, 286, 294, 301, 308, 321–2, 324. AWMM
    • McClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.301. AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.430, 459, 461, 476, 491, 498. AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.550, 555, 557–8, 579, 589, 594, 597, 602. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.37, 130, 186. AWMM