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Robert Edward TAYLOR

Regimental number2461
Date of birth27 June 1893
Place of birthEnfield, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolEnfield/Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarriage-builder
AddressEnfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.2
Height5' 5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinFather, J. Taylor, Carlyle Street, Enfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of chest measurement)
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Robert and Sandra Crofts
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 9th August 1918 near VAUVILLERS this man did wonderful work as a stretcher bearer. His Company was being exposed during the day to heavy shell and machine gun fire and it became necessary to take risks in order to rescue the wounded. He showed an absolute disregard for his personal safety and refused to stop working until the last of the wounded had been removed to the rear, thus setting a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2231 Pte Joseph Gordon TAYLOR, 20th Bn, killed in action, 8 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Durham', 22 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 13 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 November 1966
Age at death73
Place of burialSt Thomas Cemetery (Section EF Grave 27), Enfield, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, TAYLOR Robert Edward

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