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Robert HARRIS

Regimental number2073
Place of birthKangaroo Ground, Victoria
SchoolPaxton Hill State School No. 1134, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPrinter
AddressKangaroo Ground, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 0"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, R C Harris, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death29.3
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration details V.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Sophy HARRIS. Native of Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3025 Pte William Shelley HARRIS, 58th Bn, returned to Australia, 26 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916 (debility); transferred same day to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh (influenza); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 4 February 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, 18 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 50th Bn, Ferry Post, 4 April 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, and taken on strength, 4 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRIS Robert

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