Robert Alexander Dewar

Robert Alexander Dewar

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  • Gender Male 
    Born 1892  Dumbarton, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • New Zealand BDM 1892/14851. Place of birth given in “John Dewar - An Otago Pioneer”
    Alternate Birth 1894  [2
    Military 25 April 1915  Gallipoli, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Medical 1915-1916  Mount Felix, Walton-On-Thames, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 22 August 1924  Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Buried 24 August 1924  Andersons Bay, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
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    Notes 
    • Robert Alexander went to school in Lowburn and Alexandra. After a period working for an Alexandra baker, Mr A. Sneeston, he followed this occupation at Naseby and Kurow. He was a successful rugby fullback. At the outbreak of World War I he volunteered for the main contingent. He took part in the Gallipoli landing, then uninjured but suffering from war effects, was invalided to England and spent about a year in Walton-on-Thames hospital before returning to NZ in 1915. Not well enough to return to baking, he took a position as overseer on Chatto Creek water race, then being constructed. In 1921 he married Mary Hawthorne, of Hampden, and they had one son, John Robert. He died in 1924 in Dunedin hospital and is buried in the soldier’s plot in Anderson’s Bay cemetery. John Robert has a son and a grandson (1973) and so the name of Dewar is being carried on in New Zealand. [4]
    Person ID I5174  Roger
    Last Modified 24 April 2013 

    Father John Dewar,   b. 4 October 1834, Culross, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 April 1927, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Bethia Bringans,   b. 30 October 1859, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 September 1937, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Family ID F6  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary Jane Hawthorne 
    Married 1922  [6
    Children 
    +  1. Male John Robert Dewar,   b. 10 June 1922, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 June 2008, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Family ID F1643  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1892 - Dumbarton, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 25 April 1915 - Gallipoli, Turkey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMedical - 1915-1916 - Mount Felix, Walton-On-Thames, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 August 1924 - Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 August 1924 - Andersons Bay, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    John and Bethia Dewar and Family
    John and Bethia Dewar and Family
    Scanned from original photo held by Bob Moffat.
    Left to Right: John (Jack) Dewar, Janet (Nettie) Dewar, John Dewar, Bethia (Bringans) Dewar, Robert (Bert) Dewar

    Documents
    Back side of a post card written by Bert Dewar to his Mother in February 1915
    Back side of a post card written by Bert Dewar to his Mother in February 1915
    Postcard says:
    Zeitoun Camp
    Cairo
    Egypt
    15/2/15
    My Dear Mother
    Just a few lines to let you know that I am still in the land of the living + keeping well. hoping you are the same. Things are pretty quiet at present only one thing we are getting any amount of work we were out all night on Wednesday + are going out tonight again, so that is 2 nights in the one week. I received another Witness yesterday so I put in a good part of last night reading it. Well I will have to bring this to a close with heaps of love to all from your loving son.
    Bert
    Front side of a post card written by Bert Dewar to his Mother in February 1915
    Front side of a post card written by Bert Dewar to his Mother in February 1915
    Postcard written from Egypt in 1915, before Bert departed for the landings at Gallipoli in Turkey in which he took part. Postcard was sent to Bethia Bringans - Bert's mother in New Zealand.

    Histories
    John Dewar — Otago Pioneer: Notes about John Dewar
    John Dewar — Otago Pioneer: Notes about John Dewar
    Written by his daughter, Janet Bethia Dewar, probably in 1973, prior to her death (the third to last paragraph mentions "a grandson (1973)".

  • Sources 
    1. [S2542] Website - New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages Online.
    2. [S120] Bringans Family Tree, compiled by someone from the Bringans Family in New Zealand.
    3. [S30] Roger’s Original Genealogy Data Files, prepared by Roger Moffat.
    4. [S289] John Dewar - An Otago Pioneer, remembrance by his daughter, Janet Bethia Dewar.
    5. [S2493] Burial Record for Robert Alexander Dewar, published by the City of Dunedin.
    6. [S121] Bringans Family Tree, compiled by someone from the Bringans Family in New Zealand.


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