Robert Edward DONNELLEY

Regimental number12/973
Date of birth11 July 1888
Place of birthKohukohu, Hokianga
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26.2
Height5' 7"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinDonnelly, Kohukohu, Hokianga
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Place of enlistmentAuckland
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankPrivate
Final unit15th Company, Auckland Infantry Regiment
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsChunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial (Panel No 10), Gallipoli, Turkey
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Memorial Gates, Kohukohu Primary School, Hokianga. Parents: Thomas William Henry and Harriett Donelley, Kohu Kohu, Hokianga
Other details

War service: Egypt (Suez Canal), Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 5 May 1915 (gun shot wound, head), and admitted to NZ Field Ambulance; rejoined unit, Anzac Cove, 22 May 1915.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 8 August 1915.

Board of Enquiry, held at Moascar Camp, Ismailia, 16 January 1916, concluded: 'Now reported missing. Believed dead, on or about 8 August 1915.'

War service: 359 days (of which 320 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body. Name recorded on Nominal Roll as DONNELLY; CWGC site as DONELLEY.
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 20997877