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Robert OTTO

Regimental number7638
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.11
Height5' 5"
Next of kinMother, Beatrice Otto, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in the Naval Cadets, New Zealand.
Enlistment date25 July 1915
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Discharge date26 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 1 December 1915; taken on strength, 13th Field Bakery, Imbros, 8 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 3 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Transferred to 1st Field Bakery (date not recorded).

Found guilty, 30 April 1916, of when on Active Service (1) being drunk; (2) violently resisting the Military Police and striking Lance Corporal Egan attached to the MF Police: awarded (charge 1) forfeiture of 7 days' pay; charge (2) 21 days confined to barracks and forfeiture of 14 days' pay.

Admitted to 10th General Hospital, 9 May 1916 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 9th Stationary Hospital, 10 May 1916; discharged to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 5 June 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 28 days.

Transferred to England, 22 January 1917.

Marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 8 February 1917.

Transferred to 2nd Bn from 13th Company, AASC, 2 August 1917; taken on strength, in the field, 19 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 16 September 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 24 November 1917.

Detached to School of Instruction, 2 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 December 1917.

Detached to School of Instruction, 21 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 February 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 5 June 1918 (syphilis), and transferred to No 4 Stationary Hospital; to No 7 General Hospital, Wimereux, 15 June 1918; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Wimereux, 27 June 1918 (debility after syphilis); discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 3 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 August 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 30 August 1918.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 30 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 9 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 27 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 28 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 26 October 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 26 December 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, OTTO Robert

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