Topic: Albert Robert Stemmer

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Albert Robert Stemmer (Service no. 7/786) was a First World War soldier with links to St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Cashmere.

Albert Robert Stemmer Albert Robert Stemmer (Bert)  was born on 25th October, 1886, in Christchurch. He was the oldest son of Robert Anthony and Mary Ann Stemmer. Robert was a gardener. The family lived in Upper Riccarton, where Albert attended Riccarton School. Sometime before 1914, they shifted to Dyers Pass Rd., Cashmere.

After school, Albert did wool-classing and then was a shepherd, first at Glenlee Station, Awatere, and then at Molesworth Station in Marlborough, working for Duncan Rutherford.

He was 5’10”, and had blue eyes and brown hair. He was an Anglican.

When war broke out in 1914, he signed up in October, and joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements, leaving from Wellington on 14th December, and arriving in Alexandria, Egypt about six weeks later.

He was in the Gallipoli landings, and fought there for almost four months.

He died on 14th August, at Gallipoli, aged 28.

He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

His name is on Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey, on the memorial tablet at Upper Riccarton Memorial Library, and on the roll of honour at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Cashmere.

Riccarton Memorial Library plaque for soldiers: from NZ History: 'Upper Riccarton memorial library', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/upper-riccarton-memorial-library, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Albert Robert Stemmer


First Names:Albert Robert
Last Name:Stemmer
Place of Birth:Christchurch