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Alfred William ROBERTS

Regimental number1356
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
Address54 Salisbury Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.5"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Roberts, 84 Salisbury Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 86th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Emily ROBERTS, 84 Salisbury Street, Subiaco, Western Australia. Native of Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ismailia, 3 January 1916 (phymosis); transferred to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezirah, 6 January 1916 (circumcision); to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, Ghezirah, 25 January 1916; to Helouan Convalescent Depot, 2 February 1916; discharged and rejoined 32nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916

Statement, Red Cross File No 2310706, 1280 Pte R. HARBORT, 32nd Bn, 7 April 1919: 'We advanced from our front line at Fleurbaix on the night of the 19th. instant, and Witness was about 5 yards from Roberts when he fell, saying "I am hit." We failed in our objective and next morning had to withdraw to our original front line which was held until we were relieved two days later by the King's Royal Rifles. Witness never heard any more of Roberts, nor does he know whether the Pioneers who went out two days later recovered his body in "No Man's Land."

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROBERTS Alfred William
Red Cross file 2310706

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