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Archibald Edmund ROBERTSON

Place of birthEaglehawk Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationEngineer
AddressRose Street, California Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Anna Margarita Robertson, Rose Street, California Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date18 June 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 8 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When carrying out a low flying bombing patrol, he observed a hostile triplane, accompanied by three scouts. He fired a burst of thirty rounds at very close range, and the hostile plane turned over on its side and crashed. Then, seeing an enemy scout below him, he fired twenty rounds into its cockpit, and it fell down vertically out of control. In addition to these he has shot down one other enemy machine, which finally crashed to earth. His dash and daring have been at all times most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Military Cross

'On 4thOctober 1918, during attack on village of Montbrehain when leading two platoons of his company, he advanced 2,500 yards through strong enemy positions, gained the final objective and dug in under withering fire. When consolidating an objective he led out a Lewis gun team over exposed ground, and placed them in a commanding site to keep down enemy fire. He showed great courage and determined leadership throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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