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Robert HARTLEY

Regimental number2050
Place of birthKilsyth Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
Addressc/o Alec Lang, Hampton Cottage, Bellbird Road, Cessnock, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Hartley, Chapple Green House, Teenzieburn, Bykelsyth, Stirlinghsire, Scotland
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2050A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations of 26th, 27th and 28th August 1918, which resulted in the capture of FOUCAUCOURT and the advancing of our line beyond ESTREES. The platoon to which this man belonged came under very heavy machine gun fire during the attack on the village, and was temporarily held up. This man went out alone to a forward position and sniped four enemy machine gunners thereby putting the enemy guns out of action and allowing the advance to continue with a minimum of casualties. Later in the operation he went out with two other men across country swept by machine guns to link up with the English troops on the right flank who were out of touch. The work of this man during the whole of the operation was of a very high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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