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Robin Hamley

1/4 portrait of Private Robin Hamley, Reg No 31636, of the Auckland Infantry Battalion, - A Company, 19th Reinforcements. Died of wounds in France on 6 October 1917. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-H2012. No known copyright.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robin AWMM
  • Surname
    Hamley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 31636 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 May 1888 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Edith Hamley (mother), Princes Street, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 31636 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 25 July 1916 AWMM School Master/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • 06 Oct 1917 {Age 29} AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded by shell fire 7 June 1917 AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Immigrated to NZ in 1913, teacher at Tangowahine, near Dargaville.

    Left for France on 1 March 1917 and was attached to Base Depot at Etaples.

    He was wounded by shell fire on 7 June at Messines and admitted to the No 11 Casualty Clearing Station, then the No 1 South African General Hospital and finally the No 5 Convalescent Depot. After treatment to his wounds , including his eyes (shattered spectacles) he rejoined his battalion on 22 September.

    He kept a diary and had recorded his thoughts in shorthand.

    Private Hamley was with his battalion when it came under heavy machine-gun fire during the attack. He received serous bullet wounds to the neck and stomach and died two days later. At the same time between being wounded and death, and obviously aware of the serious nature of his injuries, he wrote his final entry (in longhand) in the diary. It reads " Dear M D & G ... Think I'm dying ... Best love...don't fret...Tell Dorothy...Rob." (Source : Army News no. 308, 11 May 2004)

    Portrait in Army News (2004) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM II. C. 4. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      45: 5 AWMM
    • Boyack, N. (1989). Behind the lines : the lives of New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Wellington, N.Z.: Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press. AWMM
    • Alexander Turnbull Library MS Papers 2499; Diary 1917 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army. (1990-2008). Wellington, N.Z.: Army General Staff. AWMM
      Portraits of Passchendaele. (2004, May 11). Army News, No. 304 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • NZWGT: Information supplied by the New Zealand War Graves Trust as part of the New Zealand War Graves project. This project was established in 2006 to record in text and photographs the 31,758 New Zealanders who have been identifed as serving with New Zealand or Allied forces, and who died in conflicts from the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) up to the present day and in peacekeeping operations. AWMM
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