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Robert Albert Caffery

Our Soldiers Flag, New Zealand Ensign fundraising flag (1914-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum (Ref: W0414, 1929.332, F016). Soldier's records were identified by Margaret Nash of the Panmure Branch of NZSG. This image has no known copyright restrictions.

Our Soldiers Flag, New Zealand Ensign fundraising flag (1914-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum (Re …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Albert AWMM
  • Surname
    Caffery AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/1029 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 September 1887 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 2 Melford Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Caffery (mother), No. 2 Melford Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/1029 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW1 POW - Giessen, Germany New Zealand High Commission, (1917).
    No. 6599, Coy. 10, Bar. E. AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 10.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      164 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 4 December 1914.
    Admitted to New Zealand Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 17 July 1915 (Otitis Interna); transferred to HS 'Clacton' and admitted to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Dardanelles, 18 July 1915; transferred to Base, 20 July 1915. Disembarked From hospital ship and admitted to Florina Hospital, Malta, 25 July 1915; transferred to All Saints' Hospital, Malta, 11 August 1915. Discharged and proceeded to Egypt on board HMT 'Keron Heroe', 6 October 1915.
    Arrived Egypt and attached to New Zealand Advance Base, Mustapha, 9 October 1915.
    Admitted to Reception Hospital and transferred to New Zealand Infantry Depot, Mustapha, 17 October 1915.

    Rejoined unit and posted to 16th (Waikato) Company, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, Ismailia, 17 February 1916.
    Embarked from Port Said, Egypt, for France, 6 April 1916.
    Reported missing in action, France, 4 July 1916
    Reported prisoner of war, interned at Giessen, Germany, 30 August 1916.
    Released from captivity and arrived Dover, England, 23 December 1918; reported to New Zealand Headquarters, London, and granted two months leave, 24 December 1918; reported to New Zealand Command Depot, Codford, 24 February 1919.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Glasgow, Scotland, on board HMNZT 'Bhamo', 10 March 1919.
    Arrived New Zealand, 26 April 1919.
    Discharged on termination of period of engagement, 23 May 1919.
    Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
    Cause of death: (pulmonary tuberculosis; secondary cause: exhaustion) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand High Commission (Great Britain). (1917). A short sketch of the work of the New Zealand Prisoners of War Department in London and of other undertakings connected with the war. London, England: High Commissioner for New Zealand. 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: 101 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM

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