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Robert Andrew Frater

Portrait of R. A. Frater. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1915, v.3, n.1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
Portrait of R. A. Frater. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Andrew AWMM
  • Surname
    Frater AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bob AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/1026 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1892 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Aug 1914 AWMM City Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Robert Frater (father), City Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Aug 1914 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Clerk 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Severely wounded in action Gallipoli Heights AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Robert Frater was the son of Robert and Martha Frater of Auckland.

    Educated at Auckland Grammar School, he then joined his father's firm Frater Bros, sharebrokers in Auckland and Thames.

    He was an all round sportsman, keen yachtsman, member of Auckland Golf Club, and Eden and Epsom Tennis Clubs.

    A keen territorial, he volunteered at the outbreak of war.

    The photograph of the group sitting in front of the sphinx was also published in the Auckland Weekly News 6 May 1915, p 44 Col. A, but with the pyramids and sphinx cropped out. Family (of J. MacKenzie) date the photograph to probably February 1915 as Frater has Sergeant stripes and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant sometime shortly after 26th February 1915.

    Pugsley (1998) described his bravery in scaling the Gallipoli Heights, leading his machine gun platoon on 25 April before being mortally wounded. He died 5 days later at sea, and was buried at sea.

    His extended family claimed the ANZAC Commemorative Medallion issued in 1967.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 April 1915 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 3 May 1915

    Obituary: Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. 1915. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM
    • Memorial street name: Frater Avenue, Milford, Auckland AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Royal Auckland Golf Club, Hospital Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial roll, St Paul's Church, 25 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, St Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Killarney Street, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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