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Robert Stuart WILSON

Regimental number2833
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
Other NamesRobert Stewart
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
Address'Milton', 86 Windsor Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs Amy Louise Wilson, 'Milton', 86 Windsor Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAIF Headquarters
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Agnes WILSON
Medals

Military Medal

'At 2.15 p.m. on 8.10.17, when the Bellewarde plank road was blocked by a shell crater, and traffic was hung up under heavy fire, these three Sappers [WILSON, 6149 G.L.V. McDONALD, 7123 A.J. WILSON], who were passing the spot at the time, cleared a wagon from the crater, filled up the hole, replanked the road within half an hour, and enabled the large stream of traffic to move onwards, thus escaping casualties when the barrage moved back. Twenty-two shells fell within a radius of 30 yards during the time they were at work. These men continued throughout the day repairing the road as it was broken. Sapper McDONALD was in charge of the party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 1 April 1973

Bar to Military Medal

'For great courage and devotion to duty. At PERONNE and in the SOMME Valley, during the operations of August 30th, 31st, September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th., this Sapper has carried out continued survey work in daylight, in the face of the enemy under direct Machine Gun fire. On September 4th, when the situation of our Outpost on the Railway Line entering FLAMICOURT was obscure, and it was necessary to locate same, this Sapper in daylight - although on a similar mission previously an Officer had been killed and several casualties caused - located and deliberately measured the distance of the post from a known spot, (the end of the 2nd Railway Bridge) and brought back the information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 November 1940
Age at death56
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, New South Wales

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