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William John Lawrence ROBINSON

Regimental number4841
Date of birth1 July 1891
Place of birthHoneysuckle, Wyndham, New South Wales
SchoolWyndham Public School, New South Wales
AddressBurragate, via Wyndham, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.5"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinMother, J Robinson, Burragate, via Wyndham, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 April 1916. Transferred to and taken on strength, 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, France, 19 July 1916. Court of Enquiry, convened by CO 53rd Bn and held in the field, 2 September 1917, concluded soldier was killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Father wrote to Secretary, Department of Defence, 14 February 1917, 'Could you inform me as to the actual truth of my son ?'

Mother wrote to Base Records, 1921, 'I have never had any letter as regards my son's burial.'

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