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Robert Edgar STEPHENS

Regimental number652
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressHill View, Beaudesert, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Edgar Stephens, Hill View, Beaudesert, Queensland
Enlistment date2 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 11th April, 1917, near BULLECOURT Stephens was No. 1 to a gun, mounted in the Captured position, availed himself of every opportunity in bringing fire to bear on the enemy and after relieving the order to retire, expended the remainder of his ammunition on the communications up which the enemy were bombing. He displayed coolness in directing the retirement of his gun's crew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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