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Robert Stirrat McQuarrie

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel R.S. McQuarrie 2/99, Archives New Zealand, R24184230, Image may be subject to copyright restriction.

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel R.S. McQuarrie 2/99, Archives New Zealand, R24184230, Image may be su …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Stirrat AWMM
  • Surname
    McQuarrie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 2/99 AWMM
    • WWII 20364 AWMM
    • WWII 5/5/1322 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1887 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Tanera Crescent, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J. McQuarrie (mother), Hohiria Road, Hataitai, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "During the past six months this officer has commanded continuously either a Brigade or Group of Artillery. He has never once failed to have his Batteries in close support of the advancing Infantry. During recent action round Le Quesnoy his Group of 3 New Zealand Brigades, leaving neighbourhood of Beadignies about 12-noon passed Le Quesnoy in the afternoon, and a Brigade had by nightfall advanced as far as Foret de Mormal, and worked its way through this wood following day, doing its own bridging. By his great energy, initiative and careful reconnaissance, Lieut-Colonel McQuarrie has done much to assist in the recent successful operations of the New Zealand Division." (London Gazette, 3 June 1919, p6822, Record No. 3454) AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      MC citation: "For excellent work and devotion to duty since the arrival of the Division in France, and particularly in action on the Somme near High Wood from 5th to 29th September." (London Gazette, 1 January 1917, p45, Record No. 469) AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      MID citation: "For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 17th September 1918, to 15th March 1919." (London Gazette, 11 July 1919, p8836) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
    Wounded at Gallipoli AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • After enlisting with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) in 1914, McQuarrie was first sent to Samoa with the Advance Party. After returning to New Zealand, he re-embarked with the 5th Reinforcements to Egypt.

    McQuarrie was appointed Officer Commanding (OC) of 9 Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery (NZFA) in 1916

    He was promoted to Lt Colonel and appointed Commander of 3 Brigade, NZFA on 30 May 1918.

    He served with the NZ Temp Staff and as OC of 2 Field Regiment, New Zealand Artillery (NZA), 1941-42

    McQuarrie transferred to the Reserve of Officers in April 1942 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 March 1968 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • References
    • Pugsley, C. (2018). Le Quesnoy, 1918 : New Zealand's Last Battle. Auckland, New Zealand : Oratia. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 474 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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