Posted 11 November 2005 - 01:56 am
At least two in New Zealand, although one married long after WW1.
"Private Robert Subritzky Reg No: 16/1494 was born on the 13 August 1894, at Awanui in Northland. He was the son of Captain Arthur Subritzky and his wife Tiini (nee: Paratene).
He enlisted into the New Zealand Army on 15 December 1915 at Trentham Camp, having previously served as a Territorial in the 15th (North Auckland) Infantry Regiment.
Upon completion of his recruit training he was posted to E Company, 11th Reinforcements, but shortly afterwards he transferred to the 4th Maori Contingent. He sailed from Wellington for the Middle East aboard the "Mokoia" on the 3rd May 1916. He disembarked at Suez on 22nd June. On 27th June at Tel El Kebin he contracted Malaria and was admitted to No 17 General Hospital in Alexandria. On being discharged from hospital he embarked aboard the "Invernia" at Alexandria and sailed for England on the 26th July 1916. He disembarked at Southampton on 7th August and marched into Sling Camp.
He "Left for France" on the 28th August 1916 and marched into Etaples the next day.
On the 11th September 1916, he was posted to the New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion and joined the unit "in the field". (On the 17th December whilst under fire he lost his mess tin, was charged for this offence and was fined one shilling).
On 18th February 1917 while in the trenches he reported sick, suffering from chilblains and trenchfoot, and was treated at No 1 (NZ) Field Ambulance and returned to his unit. His condition worsened and on 28 February 1917 he was admitted to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station and from there withdrawn to the rear to convalesce at Boulogne.
He rejoined the Battalion on the 3rd of June 1917, and on the 17th June whilst he was in the forward trenches and under heavy fire a high-explosive shell burst behind him and he was severely wounded in the back, and had a lung punctured. Fragments of metal were to remain in his body for the rest of his life.
He was treated at No 3 (NZ) Field Ambulance that day and then transferred to No 14 General Hospital based at Wimirenia. On the 13th July 1917, he embarked on the Hospital Ship "Saint Patrick" for England and was admitted to No 2 (NZ) General Hospital based at Walton where he received further treatment.
On the 30th July 1917, he was examined by the Medical Board and was found to be unfit for active service and was placed on the New Zealand roll.
He embarked on the "Maheno" at Avonmouth on the 8th August 1917, for the return home, arriving in New Zealand on the 16th September 1917.
He was discharged from the New Zealand Army on the 30th November 1917, being "no longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action." (Ref: The Subritzky Legend, Heritage Press, 1990).
Believe it or not, Bob was for many years single, and the taxi driver at Awanui. He often was required to escort the young school teacher Jeanie Davidson to various local functions. At the time he was in his mid-50's...anyway, they fell in love, got married and had two sons.
Jeanie is still alive at the time of writing and just this year celebrated her 80th Birthday. Jeanie Subritzky as one of the 2 remaining widows of "Te Hokowhitu a Tu" was an official guest at the interment in Wellington of the "Unknown Warrior." "(2005)