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Full Name: Robert Stanley Black
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Robert Stanley
Surname: Black
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 9/2048
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 23 August 1893
Place of Birth: Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment: Bank clerk
Next of Kin: Mrs E.L. Black (mother), 57 Prince Albert Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 10th Reinforcements, Otago Mounted Rifles, D Squadron
Embarkation Date: 4 March 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Willochra or Tofua
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 26
Page on Nominal Roll: 5
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: Somme, France
Date of Death: 21 September 1916
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
Biographical Notes:
  • Robert Black was the son of Harry and Emily Black, of 6, Grant St., Dunedin.
  • All Black in 1914
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • website All Blacks A to Z
  • Chester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z. : Hodder Moa. (4th ed.)
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