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Robert James HOWARD

Regimental number1619
Place of birthScott's Creek, Victoria
SchoolScott's Creek State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressScott's Creek, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Francis Howard, Scott's Creek, Victoria
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialRue-David Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row F, Grave No. II), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Margaret HOWARD, Scott's Creek, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Serapeum, 11 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Found guilty, 14 July 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline (talking in the ranks): awarded 3 days' confined to barracks by Captain Sharp.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 19 July 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSrved in the Australian Light Horse (Camperdown) for 9 months.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOWARD Robert James
Red Cross file Red Cross File No 1360111

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