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Robert Ellmers (service number 24/746) was a soldier in World War I with links with Marshland.

Robert Ellmers (service number 24/746) was a soldier in World War I with connections with Marshland.

Robert Ellmers was the son of William (dec) and Edith. He was the brother of Dorothy, Charles, Aileen and Rhonda.

At the time of his enlistment, he was a farm labourer working in Woodend. He enlisted at Trentham on the 25th May 1915. He is described as being 20 years old, 5 ft 7 ½ inches (171.45cm) tall and weighing 138 pounds (626Kgs). He had fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. He wasn’t 20 years old, he was 17 years old. It was his brother Charles who was 20.

Ellmers was a member of New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion, C Company.

On the 3rd November, 1917, after attending the Brigade Signal School, he was promoted to Lance Corporal.  

On the 24th March, 1918, he was awarded a Military Medal. The citation is as follows:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations in front of Mailly Maillet on the 24th March 1918. With great dash and daring he led his section towards two enemy machine guns which had been temporarily holding up the advance of his company. He dashed right through the last intended bit of cover to the trench occupied by the enemy, dislodging the nearest machine gunner and capturing the gun. More of the men followed his dash, capturing the remaining gun, together with six prisoners, the others of the crews being killed. His courage and example greatly facilitated the forward movement of this flank of the company.’

His medal was reported in the paper:

THE DOMINION., Hastings Standard, Volume VIII, Issue 130, 28 May 1918

On the 2nd June 1918, he was promoted to Sergeant.

He was killed in action on 26/8/1918.

His death was reported in the papers

 NEW ZEALAND CASUALTIES, Evening Star, Issue 16836, 11 September 1918

He is rembered with honour on The Marshland War Memorial Gates. His name on the gates is R. Ellemers.

Sources used.

McDonald, W. Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War 1914-1918, 3rd edition.; Richard Stowers: Hamilton, New Zealand, 2013.

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Robert Ellmers

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