Topic: Albert Robert Stemmer
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 (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.
- Online cenotaph record for Albert Robert Stemmer, Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Albert Robert Stemmer's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
- Ancestry Library Edition :New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981
- The Fallen and Wounded: Press, Volume LI, Issue 15377, 7 September 1915, Page 10
- For King and Empire: Sun, Volume II, Issue 493, 8 September 1915, Page 6
- Trooper A. Stemmer, Killed in Action: Sun, Volume II, Issue 493, 8 September 1915, Page 6
- Riccarton Soldiers: Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1803, 24 November 1919, Page 7
- Roll of Honour: Press, Volume LVI, Issue 16917, 19 August 1920, Page 1