Topic: Robert N (Nick) Morpeth (1892-1959)

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This description of Robert N (Nick) Morpeth (1892-1959) was in the introduction of Allan Philip Morpeth's book,The “Waiheathens” at Gallipoli.

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Robert (Nick) Morpeth (1892-1959) WWI

Started as a Bank clerk with the Bank of NZ. Joined the NZ Army as an Officer Cadet in 1910. Obtained his commission as 2nd Lieut on 25th March 1912. Enlisted for overseas duty August 1914. (was Gerald’s Platoon Captain and younger brother . ) Was wounded at Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915. He was treated in No. 1 General hospital at Heliopolis and returned to New Zealand on the “S.S Willochra” on 15th July 1915. He rejoined his battalion in February 1916 and was posted to France. In the skirmish near Amentieres on 3rd/4th July he was badly wounded in the left leg and thigh by shrapnel. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. The citation read as follows –

“For gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 3rd/4th July 1916 during heavy bombardment of the Epinette trenches near Amentieres he moved about amongst his company and so encouraged them that when the enemy attempted to enter the trenches they were repulsed. Unfortunately Captain Morpeth was struck by shell shrapnel in the left leg which was amputated at the hospital.”

Discharged from service July 1917. After the War he reverted to Banking and was prominent in Morrinsville and Te Kuiti and retired in 1954 and moved to Palmerston North where his brother Gerald (Tad ) and family were residing. He passed away in 1959. (Aged 67, never married).

Nicks Military Service Record can be found here (please click).

The Waihi Art Centre and Museum have an article on Nick (click here).


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Robert N (Nick) Morpeth (1892-1959)

First Names:Robert Nicoll
Last Name:Morpeth
Date of Birth:1892
Date of death:1959
Fathers name:Henry Douglas Morpeth
Mothers name:Kath Morpeth (Nee ?)
Military Service:WWI