|Place of birth||Bulli, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Helensburgh, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, James Fenwick, Helensburgh, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served in 37th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||30th Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/47/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||30th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave No 11), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Family/military connections||Brother: 1191 Pte James FENWICK MM, 17th Bn, died of wounds, 16 April 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.
Reported missing, 20 July 1916.
Note on file, 13 March 1917: 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded, except that Soldier was deceased.' May now be reported "KILLED IN ACTION" 20/7/16.'
German note on file: 'austr. Sold. Fenwick, R.G. Nr. 882. austr. Batl. 30. am 19.7.16 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'
Red Cross File No 1050308 has statement from 855 Pte Robert CARMAC, D Company, 30th Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England), 7 September 1916: 'Informant states that on 19th July at Fromelles, near Fleurbaix an attack was made on the German front line during the night. During the attack parties of men were sent back to our own trench to fetch ammunition. Fenwick was among these. He and a friend of his, a man called [ 904 Pte P.J.] Holder (D. Coy XV Platoon) had just got back to our trench when a shell burst right in the trench, killing Fenwick and wounding Holder.'
Second statement, Captain W. CHEESEMAN, 30th Bn, 16 January 1917 (not eye witness): 'I know Fenwick was sapping in the German Lines on 19/20 July 1916 to connect with a sap in No Mans (sic) Land. He was working with Sgt. Butterworth, Pts McLear (sic, McLean?) and Jones. The Germans bombing down their lines forced the party to leave the work and return to our lines for bombs. Fenwick was not seen after the party left the German Lines.'
Third statement, 1273 Sergeant E.H. SHIPP, B Company, 30th Bn, 31 January 1917: 'I was wounded in the attack [at Fromelles on 19 July 1916] but when I came back to the battn. I made enquiries about Fenwick ... I was told he was last seen in a dazed condition bewteen first and second line of German trenches. We had to fall back.'
Fourth statement, 911 Pte B. JONES, D Company, 30th Bn (patient, 5th General Hospital, Rouen), 9 June 1917: 'The last I saw of Fenwick myself was in the 1st German trench at Fromelles. He was all right then. I was sent back to fetch a Lewis Gun and on my return to the trench he was no longer there.'
Fifth statement, Sergeant GRAHAM, 12 May 1919 (returning to Australia, HS 'Karoa'):'He was wounded at Fromelles near Fleurbaix on 20th July 16. He was hit in the head. He was taken back to D.S. [Dressing Station], and I did not hear anything further of him until I saw that he was reported "killed".'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalOriginally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
|Miscellaneous details||Name recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Robert Sullivan FENWICK. Mother's address (father deceased) subsequently Murton Cottage, Rulga Road, Helensburg, New South Wales|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, FENWICK Robert Gladstone
Red Cross file 1050308