Born: 1st November 1880, Ipswich.

Died: 2 a.m., 22nd April 1918; age 38; died of Pulmonary Embolism and shot wounds to left leg, whilst a Prisoner of War at Kriegslazarett 130 in Geraardsbergen.

Robert was captured on the 10th April 1918, near Messines. Robert was admitted to the war hospital on the 14th April 1918.

Residence: 2, New Boksburg Gold Mine, Box 46, Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa.

Enlistment Date: 27th February 1917; age: 36; Religion: CofE.


Embarked Cape Town – H.M.S. Durham Castle – 23rd March 1917.

14th September 1917 – Burns to Hand at Rouen – sent to No. 3 Stationary Hospital

Returned to Base Dept at Rouen 29th October 1917.

4th December 1917 – Shot Wound to left foot at Rouen sent to No. 8 General Hospital

Returned to Duty – 18th January 1918.



Rank: Private; Service Number: 12256

Regiment: South African Infantry, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


The body was discovered in Plot 1. Row B. in a German grave No. 12 at Grammont Communal Cemetery, Goefferdingen. On the 15th December 1927, the body was exhumed and identified by a cross marking the grave and the record plan, before reburial in a wooden coffin at Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension.


Grave Reference:


Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas Pizzey, of Ipswich; husband of Marie Pizzey, of Westville, Natal, KwaZulu, South Africa.





1891   8, High Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 10 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

Thomas Pizzey, 43, Pork Butcher – own account, born Earl Stonham, Suffolk.

Frances Mary Pizzey (nee Bradstreet), 46, born Claydon, Suffolk.

Frances Anna Pizzey, 20, a dressmaker – at home, born Ipswich.

Priscilla Jane Pizzey, 14, a Dressmaker’s Apprentice, born Ipswich.

John Pizzey, 13, born Ipswich.

Herbert Pizzey, 9, born Ipswich.

Rose Angelina Pizzey, 6, born Ipswich.

Ellen Mary Pizzey, 3, born Ipswich.

Ellen Pizzey, 6 born Holborn, London.

1 boarder.


1901   Crown Gate Cottage, 8, High Street, Ipswich.


Robert was 20 years old, a Baker. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas Pizzey, 53, a Butcher, Fruiterer and Greengrocer – own account.

Frances, 56.

Herbert, 19, a Hairdresser.

Rose, 16, a Dressmaker.

Ellen, 13.

1 boarder.


Robert’s father, Thomas Pizzey died on the 31st January 1915, of 8, High Street, Ipswich and 24, Crown Street, Ipswich.


In July 1906, 25 year old, Robert travelled from Cape Town to Southampton, 3rd Class on board the ‘Atrato’ of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. He worked for the Postal Depot.

On the 8th September 1906, 25 year old, Robert departed from the port of Southampton, on board the ‘Norman’ of The Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., Master J.L.Stanistreet. Robert’s destination was Cape Town. He worked as a Civil Service.

Robert departed from the port of Durban, on board the ‘Kinfauns Castle’ of The Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., he was travelling 3rd Class and his occupation was recorded as Contactor. Robert arrived at the port of Southampton on the 23rd June 1910.


In 1911, in South Africa, Robert married Maria Magdalena Knevitte (nee Mare), born August 1876, Soutpansberg, Transvaal, South Africa.

Maria and Robert had two daughters:

Rosemary Frances Pizzey, born 2nd December 1912, Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa.

Daphne Marie Pizzey, born 6th March 1914, Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa.


Robert also became father to Maria’s children from her first marriage to Edmond Herbert Knevitte in 1899, Pietersburg.

Richard Herbert Knevitte Pizzey, born 13th April 1904, South Africa.

Edith M. Knevitte Pizzey, born 6th March 1908, South Africa.


Robert’s wife, Maria was a teacher, journalist & writer; included in her bibliography is a short stories collection ‘The Children of the Veld’. Robert & Maria’s daughter, Daphne Rooke was also an author of works such as “Mittee” “Ratoons” and “Wizards’ Country”. She also wrote travel articles and books for children set in India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, novels & short stories.


Soldiers’ Effects to the High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa for disposal.



 South African Infantry, 2nd Battalion

South African Infantry, 2nd Battalion






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