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Robertson Williamson PATON

Regimental number2182
Place of birthComrie Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
AddressLake Whymont, Barham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFriend, Thomas Bell Arye, Lake Whymont, Barham, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 7 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near BONY from 29th September to 2nd October 1918. He was one of a party which stormed and captured CLAYMORE TRENCH and subsequently this Non Commissioned Officer made a successful reconnaissance under intense machine gun and shell fire of a sunken road in CLAYMORE VALLEY, which materially assisted his Company Commander and saved many casualties. His utter fearlessness and determination to succeed during the final advance on the HINDENBURG LINE engendered a wonderful spirit of confidence among his comrades. Later, he led ration parties over difficult and reconnoitred country under heavy fire and so enabled hot rations to reach his company regularly and in the minimum of time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 November 1969
Age at death79
Place of burialMoree Cemetery, New South Wales

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