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Robert William EVANS

Regimental number3463
Place of birthWestern Australia
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationFarmer
AddressPicnic Road, Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Richardson, Picnic Road, Ararat, Victoria
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Conspicuous devotion to duty and bravery as guide and runner.
Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 20th September 1917, Pte. EVANS as a runner on Headquarters Signallers Section at all ttimes displayed great courage and devotion to duty whenever it was necessary to use runners to get in touch with the forward companies. As a guide over torn country on the darkest of nights he was invaluable and always ready, regardless of enemy shelling, to move out in response to an order. His disregard of self, his devotion to duty won the admiration of all who came into contact with him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1970 Driver Arthur Leslie EVANS, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 27 April 1918.
Date of death18 February 1986
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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