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Robert OATES

Regimental number7327
Place of birthFootscray, Victoria
SchoolFootscray State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBeaudesert, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 4.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Oates, Merthya Austin Street, Footscray, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of heart)
Enlistment date21 November 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XII, Row E, Grave No. 4), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
77
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Rosina OATES, 18 Austin Street, Footscray, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 800 Corporal Nicholas James OATES, 23rd Bn, killed in action, 6 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917, and marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1917; taken on strength, 15th Bn, in the field, 1 October 1917.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, OATES Robert
Red Cross File No 2030104A

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