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Robert MASON

Regimental number4860
Place of birthKirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
SchoolSchool in Edinburgh, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressMelbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7.25"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Mason, 31 Gardiners Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 October 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'(Near Ypres) Determination and personal courage as senior NCO of carrying party, rendering valuable services.'
Recommendation date: 11 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 23 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death31
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VI, Row C, Grave No. 33), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
44
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Colvend Parish War Memorial, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was the senior N.C.O. of a carrying party which had to carry from the rear dump to the forward dump during the operation of the 4th October in the Zonnebeke area east of Ypres. Four journeys were made during the period of his duty and all the time a heavy barrage had to be passed through which was about 1000 yards in depth. On each journey heavy casualties were caused in his party, but his grit and determination kept them together with the result that the dump was kept well supplied.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 7 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 10 May 1916, and transferred to 2nd Bn Permanent Staff.

Embarked Alexandria, 31 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 12 June 1916.

Promoted Sergeant as from 11 May 1916.

Married Jemima Jessie McVINNIE, spinster, aged 28, Colvend Parish Church (Church of Scotland), 14 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; taken on strength, 5th Bn, in the field, 20 March 1917.

.Promotion investigated, 27 November 1917; ruling: reverted to Private, 11 April 1916; promoted Temporary Sergeant, 11 April 1916; Sergeant, 20 March 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

Appointed Temporary Company Sergeant Major, 2 December 1917.

Appointed Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II), 2 December 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 31 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 17 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 24 April 1918 (gun shot wound, right shoulder), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station and then to Ambulance Train; admitted to 7th Stationary Hospital, 25 April 1918; transferred to England, 27 April 1918, and admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 16 May 1918; discharged on furlough, 22 May 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 June 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 13 July 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 August 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 23 August 1918 (gun shot wound, left and right butocks), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 41st Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 23 August 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MASON Robert

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