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Robert CAREY

Regimental number6314
Date of birth13 September 1874
Place of birthIpswich, Queensland
Other NamesCLAREY
SchoolBowen Bridge State School
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
AddressWandoo Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Esther Carey, Wandoo Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on grounds of medical unfitness)
Enlistment date16 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
FateDied of wounds (accidental) 23 April 1917
Place of death or woundingRollestone Camp, Salisbury Plains, England
Age at death43
Place of burialDurrington Cemetery (Grave No. 234), Wiltshire, England
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Emma Bowman CLAREY; Wife: Esther CLAREY; 3 children
Family/military connectionsNephews: 1258 Pte Arthur Victor RICHARDS, 42nd Bn, killed in action, 31 July 1917; [119] Captain George Ernest RICHARDS, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 September 1918.
Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 22 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 3 March 1917, and marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone.

Accidentally injured during a period of bombing instruction, 25 February 1917, sustaining a wound over the left ear, fracture of the skull, and laceration of the brain. Died in Fargo Military Hospital. Jury in Coroner's Court returned a verdict of accidental death.

Medal: British War Medal