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Robert Leslie BUSTEED

Regimental number3028
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShop assistant
Addressc/o Miss T W Gully, Commercial Hotel, Coraki, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Gully, Commercial Hotel, Coraki, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3028A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Corps Orders

Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed exceptional coolness, and set a very fine example to the men working under him when repairing two breaks in a light railway at points which were being shelled by the enemy with peculiar intensity. Although forced three times to withdraw, he returned on each occasion with as few men as he could possibly employ to repair the line, and completed the repairs under the most trying conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Date of death29 August 1932
Place of burialField of Mars Cemetery

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