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Robert Bartlett BATES

Regimental number375
Place of birthKew, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressUna, Mornington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Una, Mornington, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPTE (AAMC)
Unit name7th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAIF Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (awarded Bar to Military Medal)

Conspicuous bravery and valuable services at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: 27 August 1916

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 7 September 1916

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "8-9 August 1915"

FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1920
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'In trenches N.E. of POZIERES, FRANCE on the 21st August, Cpl BATES attached to 7th Bn showed conspicuous bravery during the fighting around POZIERES. He continuously by his calmness and coolness under very heavy shell fire stimulated over-excited men to return to their duties in the line. He has shown excellent work with the Battalion from the time of its formation and has never missed a day from it during the day of the 21st. He under very heavy shell fire went out into No Mans Land and read the burial service barehanded, over a fallen Comrade and beside those he was unable to bury replaced a wooden cross, bearing their names and particulars concerning them. He remained in No Mans Land over one hour and during the whole time the enemy's shelling was extremely heavy.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 29803
Date: 27 October 1916

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date9 October 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 June 1955

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