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Macinroy 'Roy' Robertson Roberts
Private - Service Number 12/234

Roy, as he was commonly known, was the only son of Charles and Lucy Roberts of 27 Cheltenham Terrace in Auckland. He was born in Cambridge on the 23rd of October, 1893 and after schooling he became a clerk in Auckland, for Bown Burrell Ltd. When he enlisted on the 7th of September, 1914 his address was given as as 18 Liverpool Street in Auckland. He enlisted in the Auckland Regiment and after training he embarked on transports HMNZ 8 or 12 being the SS.Star of India or SS.Waimana, and sailed to Suez. He then sailed for Gallipoli. On the 8th of May the Auckland regiment was ordered into the attack in the direction of Krithia village. The plan was that they should take up their positions during the night ready for a dawn attack. For whatever reason, dawn found them still behind their own lines with open ground to cross to reach their own front line. As the troops rushed across, there were several casualties and they lost the element of surprise. When they reached the British front line, it was not clear where they were to go other than forward to a crest 700 yards away. In front of them was a field of wild flowers called the 'Daisy Patch". All was peaceful, but on the whistle the first line went over the top and a hail of rifle and machine gun fire opened up. A few men got across the Daisy Patch and took cover. The second wave then set off but were shot down to a man. The third wave also attempted to cross but most were cut down. The Daisy Patch was covered in the dead, the dying and the wounded. Many soldiers risked their lives trying to bring in the wounded and many died in the attempt. They had advanced some 300 yards. The Aucklanders launched another attack at 5pm and faced still more horrendous fire. The Battalion had been cut to pieces in a day, was no longer an effective force and was withdrawn to recover. Roy was killed on that day. He has no known grave and is commemorated at Cape Helles on the Twelve Tree Copse Memorial.