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Robert Arbuthnot HOLMES

Place of birthLevura Fiji
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor
Address'Kia-ora', Fern Street, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinFather, Robert Langley Holmes, 'Kia-ora', Fern Street, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On two occasions when he was organizing the bringing up of urgent material to the line by night, the roads became blocked by heavy shelling and congestion of traffic. With great coolness and total disregard to personal danger he went forward and cleared the roads sufficiently to allow important stores to come forward. He set a fine example of coolness and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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