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Robert Ambrose DOBSON

Place of birthNapier, New Zealand
SchoolChristchurch Boys High School, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAuctioneer and stock agent
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jean Rose Dobson, c/o Elder, Shenton and Co, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 8th New Zealand Regiment for 7 months; and in South African War with New Zealand Forces.
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name44th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 44th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 November 1916


Unit: 44th Battalion
Promotion date: 26 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 24 April 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death35
Place of burialBonnay Communal Cemetery Extension (Row B, Grave No. 24), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Clara DOBSON, husband of J.R. DOBSON, Perth, Western Australia. Native of New Zealand
Other details

Enlisted 9 March 1916.

To NCO School, 1 April 1916. Appointed Sergeant, 9 May 1916.

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 29 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917; marched in to AIF Details, Fovant, 28 March 1917.

Attended School of Musketry, Tidworth, 30 May-21 June 1917: qualified 1st Class.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 October 1917; taken on strength, 44th Bn, 25 October 1917.

On leave to Paris, 22 March 1918; rejoined unit, 2 April 1918.

Killed in action, 24 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOBSON Robert Ambrose

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