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Regimental number1991
Place of birthDunfermline, Scotland
AddressGeorge Street, Clyde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26.6
Height5' 4.5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Robertson, George Street, Clyde, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the New Zealand National Reserve.
Enlistment date26 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1991A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 April 1920
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'These Battalion runners[5442 F.T.S. Jones, 2529 E.A. Polkinghorne, 1331 J.B. Skelton, and Robertson] were several times on the evening of 9th August 1918 during the advance towards RAINECOURT, east of AMIENS, sent with messages to the Companies. They had to travel through a heavy machine gun and artillery barrage and locate the Companies at a time when the position had not been clearly defined. They showed not the slightest hesitation and by their courage and reliability rendered valuable service to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Discharge date15 June 1921
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orsova', 3 April 1920; disembarked Sydney, 15 May 1920; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 15 June 1921.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 May 1952
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROBERTSON Andrew

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