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Robert Smith SOMERVILLE

Place of birthParkside South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationStation employee
AddressWattle Street East, Fullarton Estate, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs H R Somerville, Wattle Street East, Fullarton Estate, South Australia
Enlistment date16 June 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name16th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 14 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 10 September 1917
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his men to their objective with great courage and dash. Later, he assumed command of his company, and maintained a section of the trench under intense fire. He set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his company. He showed great skill in the handling of a delicate situation, and his cheerful courage under most trying circumstances inspired his men to the magnificent effort which they undoubtedly made. He was severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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