Book, Officer's Record of Service, 2nd Lieutenant A.W. Robb (W.W.I); British Arm...


Book, Officer's Record of Service, 2nd Lieutenant A.W. Robb (W.W.I)

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Blue Officer's Record of Services, (British) Army Book 439 issued to Second Lieutenant Arthur William Robb in 1917. The book contains 9 prison camp currency notes ranging from one Pfennige (penny) to one Mark. This camp currency replaced legal currency to prevent prisoners from using German currency to fund escape attempts or to bribe guards.

The book also includes a red cloth triangle which requires further research to ascertain its purpose.

Arthur had an interesting life. He was originally a farmer from Trows in the Scottish Borders. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the British Army (King's Own Scottish Borderers) during World War One and was one of approximately 182,000 English soldiers taken prisoner by the German army during World War One.

In December 1918, Arthur was released and returned to England. In 1920 he emigrated to New Zealand, serving as a merchant seaman on the voyage to Lyttleton. Arthur settled and farmed at Lochiel in Southland for the remainder of his life. He married Eleanor Moir Robb, they had two children, Stuart William Robb and Elizabeth Henderson Forbes. Arthur was a member of the Invercargill Returned Services' Association (Winton Sub-Association). He died in July 1955 aged 61.


British Army

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper


h 140 mm x w 110 mm x d 7 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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