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Robert Rowing Watson Harrington

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Rowing Watson AWMM
  • Surname
    Harrington AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Robin AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2386 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 January 1894 AWMM RivertonSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    R. Harrington (father), Pahia, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 July 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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 feet 7.5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Right, hazel; left, blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to hospital sick 2 July 1918 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to hospital 13 August 1918; transferred out to UK 2 September 1918, admitted to several hospitals and then sent to convalescent hospital 18 December 1918 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Aged 22 years and 5 months at enlistment; attested at Awapuni 7 June 1916.

    Embarked for Plymouth 26 July 1917 and trained at Bulford and Ewshot before embarkation for France 28 October 1917. After a month in transit camp he joined the No 1 NZ Field Ambulance.

    He served as a stretcher bearer with the New Zealand Medical Corps

    In 1918 he suffered greatly from illness. His service record notes diarrhoea/ dysentery and his son, Bruce, remembers his father talking about being taken out to England with enteric fever. The family also have a photograph of Robin standing in front of an unidentified hospital.

    Returned to New Zealand aboard SS Chupra, leaving UK 8 June 1919.

    He served in New Zealand for 1 year 77 days and overseas 2 years 3 days.

    Known as Robin throughout his life AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 November 1954 AWMM
    Age 60 AWMM
    InvercargillSouthland AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Awapuni Race Course Memorial, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      69: 29 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
      The War years of Robert Rowing Watson Harrington. Unpublished narrative compiled by the family is on file. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family 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. 5: Includes portrait AWMM


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08 March 2016Jim New ZealandDirect descendant

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