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Robert Hawkins BARTLETT

Regimental number22502
Place of birthStratford, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
Address23 Vail Street, Armadale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs A M Bartlett, 23 Vail Street, Armadale, Victoria
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 23, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/133/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1918

Military Medal

'On 4th August, 1917, at NIEUPORT, the 16th Battery position was shelled from 3 to 5 p.m. with 5.9", about 150 shells falling during this period causing it to be evacuated. A shell struck a billet seriously wounding and burying two of the batery under a wall. Gunner BARTLETT left the cupolad dugout in which he was sheltering and with three others worked in the wrecked room until the two wounded men were released. During this period several other shells burst close against the billet. He then assisted to get the wounded men away under fire. Throughout he displayed great bravery and determination, and devotion to his wounded comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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