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Robert Murdoch Finlayson HOOPER

Date of birth11 June 1889
Place of birth'Ensor', Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolAlbert Park State School, Victoria
OccupationRailway engineer, blacksmith
Address22 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMrs M.A. Hooper, 22 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name5th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 12 (27 January 1916).

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Captain R.M.F. Hooper was the only child of R and M.A. Hooper who resided at 26 Bridport Street, Albert Park. He joined the Scotish Regiment at 17 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He won his Captaincy at Gallipoli after 5 days. Was mentioned five times in Despatches.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 10 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death9 August 1915
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialLone Pine Cemetery (Plot I, Row D, Grave No. 7), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Margaret HOOPER, 11 Davison Street, North Richmond, Victoria. Native of East Melbourne, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: Major Erle Finlayson Denton FETHERS, 5th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915; Sgt. R HAGAR MM, 5th Bn, killed in action, 10 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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