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William Torrie ROBERTSON

Regimental number3509
Place of birthNairn Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSeaman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMrs J Robertson, 'Melville House', Nairn, Scotland
Enlistment date28 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
34 Other Ranks embarked at Sydney, New South Wales, on HMAT A54 'Runic', 19 February 1915; 1 Officer and 17 Other Ranks embarked at Sydney, New South Wales, on HMAT A1 'Hymettus', 8 February 1915; 1 Officer and 17 Other Ranks embarked at Melbourne, Victoria, on HMAT A1 'Hymettus', 2 February 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 8 February 1915
34 Other Ranks embarked at Sydney, New South Wales, on HMAT A54 'Runic', 19 February 1915; 1 Officer and 17 Other Ranks embarked at Sydney, New South Wales, on HMAT A1 'Hymettus', 8 February 1915; 1 Officer and 17 Other Ranks embarked at Melbourne, Victoria, on HMAT A1 'Hymettus', 2 February 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 2 February 1915
34 Other Ranks embarked at Sydney, New South Wales, on HMAT A54 'Runic', 19 February 1915; 1 Officer and 17 Other Ranks embarked at Sydney, New South Wales, on HMAT A1 'Hymettus', 8 February 1915; 1 Officer and 17 Other Ranks embarked at Melbourne, Victoria, on HMAT A1 'Hymettus', 2 February 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Spelt William Tornie Robertson on Nominal Roll.
Medals

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK 2nd to 4th October, 1917. These Drivers [ROBERTSON, 11944 J. EVERETT and 3984 F.H. GIBBS] have been conspicuous in devotion to their work and horses carrying ammunition in the short time available - setting a fine example of gallantry and enthusiasm. The result of the work of the Drivers was that the Battery had 8,000 rounds on the morning of the attack (4/10/1917) of which they had salvaged 1,000 rounds.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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