Topic: Robert Wilfred Langdon

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From research done in 2008 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Robert Wilfred Langdon
Date of Birth: 1885
Serial number: 44492
Occupation before enlistment: Carpenter
First known rank: Private
Embarkation date: 5 April 1917
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation unit: 24th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Regiment,
B Company
Last unit served: 3rd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
Rank last held: Private
Place of death: Ypres, Belgium

Date of Death: 4 October 1917
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery name: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Biographical notes:
Son of James S. and Margaret A. Langdon of Tinui, Wairarapa.

"Enlisted in November, 1916, and left N.Z. with the 24th Reinforcements early in the following April. He was sent over to France in July, and wounded in the elbow three months later. While making his way back from the front lines with other wounded men, he was shot by a sniper. After he left School in 1901, he joined the staff of a building firm, and later gained an excellent diploma in architectural design. Originally reported 'missing,' he has since been officially declared killed in action on October 4th, 1917." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 14 November, 1917.

Private R.W. Langdon, of Tenui, who had been previously reported wounded, is now reported missing and believed killed. He enlisted with the 24th Reinforcements, and left New Zealand early in April. The late Private Langdon was the eldest son of the late Mr J.S. Langdon, of Larchbank, Tenui, and Mrs Langdon. He was a man of fine intellect, and was educated at Ngapokatu State School, and at Wanganui Collegiate School. Being of a mechanical turn of mind, he joined the staff of Messrs C.E. Daniell and Sons, with whom he remained until the time of his enlistment. He was 32 years of age at the time of his death. A man of amiable disposition, his death is deeply regretted by all those who were acquainted with him. A mother, four sisters and two brothers mourn his loss, besides numerous other relatives.

Student researcher: Jessica Owen



Robert Wilfred Langdon

First Names:Robert Wilfred
Last Name:Langdon