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Robert Alexander IRWIN

Regimental number2095
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDairyman
AddressCamberwell via Singleton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Samuel Irwin, Camberwell via Singleton, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Refers 12 October 1917.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the Battle of YPRES (Phase 5) 12th October 1917. Under a very heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire this man repeatedly went out and bandaged wounded comrades carrying them back to the R.A.P.. He worked without rest for 48 hours, and although completely exhausted refused to leave the line. He set a fine example of coolness and courage to the remainder of the Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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