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Walter Ernest ROBERTSON

Regimental number35
Place of birthTrafalgar Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
AddressFrederick Street, Fairfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, A Robertson, Frederick Street, Fairfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For great gallantry and devotion to duty. In the neighbourhood of PERONNE, during operations 30th, 31st August, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th September, this N.C.O., as senior N.C.O. of his Section, assisted his Officer in the successful completion of a footbridge across the SOMME Valley. He continually went up and down his men, urging them on, and throughout night and day showed untiring energy. Previous to this Corporal ROBERTSON had reconnoitred in a collapsible boat, 500 yards ahead of Infantry, over the swamp, locating the shortest route to be followed, to strike firm land. On the completion of this track he made valuable reconnaissance, and, despite casualties, sent in valuable information quickly. He has himself a capable leader of men under extremely trying conditions of machine gun and shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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