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Robert David Bruce ROBERTSON

Regimental number672
Place of birthWarragul, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMorwell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Bruce Robertson, Morwell, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Place of enlistmentSale, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Date of death20 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialPoelcapelle British Cemetery (Plot LV, Row F, Grave No 10), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
45
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary ROBERTSON
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 July 1916.

Found guilty, Larkhill, 5 August 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 3 August, till 10 pm, 5 August 1916: awarded 48 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 3 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 September 1916; taken on strength, 5th Bn, in the field, 1 October 1916.

Found guilty, 21 November 1916, of failing to appear at a place of parade when warned to do so by his superior Officer: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, in the field, 26 March 1917, on charge of drunkenness: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 10 May 1917 (shrapnel wound, left shoulder), and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 11 May 1917, and then to Ambulance Train No 4; to 9th General Hospital, 11 May 1917, and transferred same day to 2nd Convalescent Depot; to 5th Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, 17 May 1917, and admitted same day to 1st Australian Division Base Depot; marched out to unit, 20 May 1917; rejoined 5th Bn, in the field, 21 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'Returned 10/5/23' (British War Medal); 'Returned 3/12/31' (Victory Medal).

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