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Robert Geo McSHANE

Regimental number4509
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStoreman
Address220 Punt Road, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Miss Alice McShane, Royston, Dandenong Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For distinguished service and gallantry in action near Bullecourt, when he continued to serve his mortar throughout the day and night until relieved at dawn.'
Recommendation date: 12 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'The above men [McSHANE, 970 W. PARSONS, 844 R.C. LAING, 1981 G. NELSON, 3798 P.J. COUCH, 4470 D. McQUEEN, 1797 W.R. FOWLER] distinguished themselves in action in the captured trenches near BULLECOURT on 3rd May 1917, by the gallantry and determination with which they continued to serve their mortars throughout the day and night until relieved at dawn on the 5th. On no occasion was a request for fire not complied with, though the battery suffered severe losses (over half its numbers). No chance of observing fire or getting targets was thrown away and the casualties the Battery inflicted on the enemy were certainly very heavy. On one occasion a hostile party was barraged first in front, then in rear, and when brought to halt blown out without a survivor. In this the above N.C.O.s and men played a prominent part.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Date of death3 August 1949
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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