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Henry James Robertson

Portrait, full length, studio portrait (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry James AWMM
  • Surname
    Robertson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Robbie AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13472 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 9 February 1916 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Bushman/Civilian 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Evacuated to England AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Hospitalised in England several times for various ailments AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart disease and diabetes AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Henry James Robertson was the second child and eldest son of Henry and Alice Barbara Roberston.

    Husband of Alice Ruth nee Hawkes (dod 19 November 1979); father of nine children

    He was almost 14 years old when his mother died. His father was left with five surviving children (2 had died in infancy). His father remarried, Harriet Monta Robertson and had three more children. He had siblings spanning 24 years in age difference. His younger half brother, Frank Neil Robertson (21464) was only a few years difference from his own children who served in WW2 Gairn (1069) and Norm.

    Henry went to work as a bushman at Opotiki for his uncle John Buffett before World War 1

    Whilst in Opotiki he joined the territorials - 4th Mounted Rifles. His address ion Auckland before enlisting is the magazine guard for Mount Eden, Auckland.

    He joined the Auckland Regiment in 1916

    Wounded by friendly fire during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme. He was eventually evacuated to England and chose to remain in England when offered repatriation to New Zealand

    Served the remainder of the War as a cook attached to the New Zealand Command Depot.

    He kept a diary the only legible pages 1916, have been transcribed and are on Auckland Museum Cenotaph file.

    Married in Onehunga, Auckland and their eldest Gairn Roberston (1069) was born 1921. Moved with his family to the coalmines in the Waikato, living in a tent with a wooden floor in Rotowaro. Returned to a Auckland and in the 1950's and received a state house. Henry's philosophy family write was "never own anything".

    Later in life he lost both of his legs to diabetes

    He was reknown for his forthright attitudes and often hidden kind heart AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 June 1973 AWMM
    Age 77 AWMM
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Mangere Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Blue Area, Row E 108 AWMM
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  • Pappy - you are remembered with fondnes and love. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
    Public - Peter James - Other Relative - 8 April 2015
  • The Family' second generation of soldiers. RIP
    Public - Kevin Gairn - Other Relative - 10 February 2015



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08 April 2015Peter JamesAucklandOther Relative
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