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Alexander John ROBERTSON

Date of birth4 January 1887
Place of birthBundalaguah, Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolState School No. 1976 Central Bendigo; St Andrews College, Bendigo; Engineering School, Melbourne; Melbourne University
Other trainingAssistant Assayer, Chemist, and Mineralogist, Geological Surveyor.
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMining engineer and geologist
AddressMrs Violet Robertson, c/o Mrs F F Dakin, Barry Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Violet Ann Robertson, Barry Street, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceState School Cadets, Bendigo; Melbourne University Rifles; Citizen Forces, Perth.
Enlistment date10 May 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name11th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 6 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was one of the final group of three, from whom the "Rhodes" Scholar of that year was to be selected. A good scholar and a good sport.' Oarsman, Cricketer, Footballer.
FateKilled in Action 6 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli (Leanes Trench), Turkey
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialShell Green Cemetery ( Plot II, Row H, Grave 4), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
63
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Lang ROBERTSON and Annie McArthur ROBERTSON of 35 Hutcheson Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria. Native of Bundalaguah, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: Alfred McARTHUR, engineer, New Zealand Forces; Malcolm HYDE, signaller, MM, New Zealand Forces; John D. McARTHUR, New Zealand Forces; Pte George B. ROBERTSON, AIF; Brother-in-law: Lieutenant Andrew Hardie GILCHRIST, 10th General (Victorian) Reinforcements, returned to Australia 4 JAnuary 1919.
Other details

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 23 April 1915.

Completed courses at Melbourne University for M.Sc and B.M.E. degrees.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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