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Robert Sydney LONGTHORPE

Regimental number1291
Place of birthHall England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationShipwright
Address'Lucknow' Golden Lane, Chelsea
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elsie Longthorpe, 'Lucknow' Golden Lane, Chelsea
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the Operations at NAUROY on 30th September 1918. This N.C.O. was a Platoon Sergeant and on the afternoon of 30th September his Platoon was ordered to advance their position. he greatly assisted in the preparation for this advance as the Platoon was scattered in shell-holes and close up to the enemy in a very exposed position. He was first out and led the Platoon forward and when the Sunken Road was reached he at once took command as the Platoon Commander was hit, and organised the position. By his vigorous and well controlled fire he prevented the enemy counter-attacking, after a great number had moved down, from the SUGAR FACTORY and formed up in front of his Platoon. He held this position until ordered to retire some hours later, although his flanks were absolutely exposed and he could get no help from flanking Units. When the Platoon retired he again organised their position. Throughout the day he set an admirable example to his men and carried out a very difficult operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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