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Arthur Leslie ROBERTS

Regimental number156
Date of birth--/07/1890
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressArtillery Barracks, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs A Roberts, 'Blink Bonnie', Lenthall Street, Kensington, New South Wales
Previous military serviceRoyal Australian Garrison Artillery
Enlistment date5 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: Trn Mtr Btn
Promotion date: 1 September 1916


Unit: ART 6 ABA FA
Promotion date: 15 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in commanding his battery with the utmost determination skill, and energy for a period of 10 days, under heavy hostile shelling, during which many casualties were sustained. On two successive days he displayed splendid promptness and complete disregard of danger in personally assisting to extinguish fires which had broken out amongst his gunpits and ammunition dumps. Accompanied by a Sergeant he worked most gallantly under an intense bombardment having first ordered the rest of his personnel to take cover, and was instrumental in saving a great amount of material as well as in preventing the position from being disclosed to the enemy's observation. He was seriously wounded whilst so engaged.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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