Topic: Robert MacGregor Mackintosh

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Robert MacGregor Mackintosh (Service No. 29274), was a First World War soldier with links to Upper Riccarton

Robert MacGregor Mackintosh was born 30th April, 1890 at Aberdeen, Scotland. His parents were James and Jane Mackintosh. His family immigrated from Scotland when he was only seven years old. His two younger brothers Alexander and Donald were five and three years old. They came to New Zealand on the ship Rimutaka which landed at Lyttelton on 6th November 1897. James and Jane later had three more children, a daughter named Janet Murray MacKintosh born in 1898, a son named Angus Murray MacKintosh born in 1904, and a son named Bruce MacGregor MacKintosh born in 1905.

Robert attended Spreydon and Addington Schools. His father James attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian choir. James was an early member and later the Chief of the Scottish Society. He passed away due to heart disease at his home at 329 Blenheim Road on 25th June 1914 at age 55. The Caledonian Society Pipe Band and the Highland Pipe Band played in his funeral procession and the hearse was flanked by mourners in Scottish dress. His mother Jane was living at 28 Clarence Road (now Clarence Street) when she passed away on 22nd April 1925, at age 63.Both of Robert’s parents are buried at Linwood Cemetery and Robert's name is inscribed on their headstone.

Robert volunteered for the army on 27th June 1916. He was unmarried, working as a farm labourer for S E Rutherford out at Kowai Bush in North Canterbury. His mother Jane was recorded as his next of kin. She was living at 1 Division Road (now Division Street). His medical sheet in his army record describes him as being five feet eight inches tall and weighing 168 pounds. He had a fair complexion, hazel eyes and light brown hair. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian.

Robert was assigned to the Canterbury Company, 18th Reinforcements. He left Wellington, New Zealand on 11th October 1916 by ship heading to the port of Plymouth in England. He arrived on 29th December 1916 so spent Christmas at sea. They went by train to Sling Camp on the Salisbury Plain for battle training. He was there for almost seven months but finally shipped out for France on 6th July 1917. By 17th July 1917 he was at the battle front. Three months later Robert was killed in action in Belgium on 4th October 1917.

Robert’s body was not he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery with his name inscribed on panel number 3.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His medals were sent to his mother Jane, who was his next of kin.

Robert MacGregor Mackintosh is memorialised on the Upper Riccarton Memorial Library Roll of Honour and on his parent's headstone at Linwood Cemetery.

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Robert MacGregor Mackintosh

First Names:Robert MacGregor
Last Name:Mackintosh
Place of Birth:Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom