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Harold ROBERTS

Regimental number220
Place of birthTweed Heads, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressTweed Heads, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, C Roberts, Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 March 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Discharge date18 May 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5097 Pte Herbert ROBERTS, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 July 1919; 5098 Pte Charles William ROBERTS, 26th Bn, returned to Australia, 27 September 1917; 1355 Pte John Alfred ROBERTS, 15th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Ismailia, 19 February 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he when remonstrated with Sgt Bracker for not standing to attention, answered him back: awarded 18 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Found guilty, Hazebrouck, 7 April 1916, of being in town without a pass: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, left hand), and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 11th General Hospital, 5 August 1916; transferred to England, 12 August 1916 (hospital details not recorded). Granted furlough, 4 October 1916; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from furlough, 3 October 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 January 1917; transferred to Parkhouse Hospital, 7 February 1917; discharged, 19 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 55 days.

Transferred to 25th Bn, 27 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1917; taken on strength, 25th Bn, 24 October 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 January 1918.

Found guilty, 6 May 1918, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he spoke in a disrespectful manner to his superior Officer in that that he said, 'It would not be much loss' when warned if he did not take more interest in his work he would lose his Lance rank, 3 May 1918: reduced to the ranks.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 June 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 2 July 1918 (shrapnel wound, left arm); admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 July 1918; to 12th General Hospital, 5 July 1918; to England, 14 July 1918, and admitted to Cambridge Hospital, Alershot, 15 July 1918; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 August 1918. Discharged on furlough, 26 August 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 9 September 1918.

Transferred to Reinforcements of 9th Bn, and marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 13 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 14 March 1919, to disembark Brisbane; discharged, Brisbane, 18 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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