Topic: Robert Francis Willis Wall (1891-1918)

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Tauranga farmer Robert Francis Willis Wall was killed in action in Bapaume, France on 30 August 1918 whilst serving during World War I. Story and photograph by Debbie McCauley.

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Robert Francis Willis Wall was born in Motoroa, Waverley, New Zealand, on 2 November 1891 (reg. 1891/13541). His parents were John and Annie Elizabeth Wall (nee Willis) who married in St. Pauls Church, Whanganui, on 30 April 1883.

Robert worked as a farmer. By 1916 the Wall family were living in Tauranga.

Robert enlisted in World War I on 2 February 1917, serving in the Auckland Infantry Regiment (Service No. 52516). His last recorded rank was Private.

Robert was killed in action in Bapaume, France on 30 August 1918, aged 25. He has no known grave. His memorial is at Grevillers in France.

Robert Francis Willis Wall (1892-1918)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


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Robert Francis Willis Wall (1891-1918)

Note:Service Number: 52516
First Names:Robert Francis Willis
Last Name:Wall
Date of Birth:2 November 1891
Place of Birth:Motoroa, Waverley
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:30 August 1918
Place of death:Bapaume, France
Place of burial:Memorial at Grevillers, France
Fathers name:John Wall
Fathers date of birth:3 March 1842
Fathers place of birth:Areley Kings, Worcestershire, England
Fathers date of death: 3 April 1927
Fathers place of death:Waverley, New Zealand
Mothers name:Anne Elizabeth Willis
Mothers date of birth:14 October 1858
Mothers place of birth:Hampton Poyle, Oxfordshire, England
Mothers date of death:26 July 1921
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)