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Robert Edmond Lee GRANTHAM

Regimental number690
Place of birthRutherglen Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationVigneron
AddressRutherglen, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs. L.J. Grantham, Rutherglen, Victoria
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 29th and 30th September and 1st October this N.C.O. displayed a keenness and initiative of a very high standard. At a critical stage of the advance he was sent forward to obtain touch with the enemy and gain information as to the location of the flanking unit. In face of very heavy artillery and machine gun fire he advanced and returned with full information as to the situation, as a result of which his company was able to advance about 1000 yards. His courage and resource throughout the whole operations set a fine example to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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