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8/694 Roland Bethel Robinson, Main Body NZEF

1914/15 Star Trio -Main Body NZEF

  • The 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, 1939/45 War Medal and New Zealand War Service Medal group issued to 8/694 Roland Bethel Robinson, 4th (Otago) Company, Otago Infantry Battalion, Main Body NZEF.


    Roland Robinson was born 15th January 1888 at Wandsworth, London, England. Son of Percy and Mary Elizabeth Bedell Robinson (née Boyes). He was working as a cook at the Excelsior Hotel in Dunedin when he enlisted for service with the NZEF in August 1914. Robinson served on Gallipoli from the landing on 25th April 1915 until being evacuated in late July 1915, suffering from enteritis. He was subsequently returned to New Zealand and discharged in May 1916.


    From 1940 until 1941 Robinson served with A Company, Guards Vital Points, Dunedin. He was awarded the 1939/45 War Medal and New Zealand War Service Medal for this service. A medical report on Robinson in 1941 noted he had been 'blown up' during his service on Gallipoli, and that he was still suffering from the effects.


    Roland Robinson died at Dunedin in February 1956.


    All three WW1 medals are correctly impressed 8/694 PTE. R.B. ROBINSON. N.Z.E.F.

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