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Robert MATHER

Regimental number2101
Place of birthKincardie Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressDalmeny, Penshurst Street, Willoughby, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Christina Mather, 44 Reid Street, Dunferline, 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
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 30 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations of the 26th, 27th and 28th August 1918, which led to the capture of FOUCAUCOURT, and the advancing of our lines beyond ESTREES. These two men [MATHER and 2927 G, GOTT] acted as stretcher-bearers to the right attacking Company, and carried in the wounded during the whole three days with untiring energy. During one period of the operations, they worked for 24 hours without rest, the major portion of which they were carrying under heavy shell and machine gun fire. The remainder of the company stretcher-bearers were wounded, but these two men carried on till every wounded man was carried back. They were both considerably shaken by shell-fire during the early part of the attack, but by sheer determination they remained on duty till the Battalion was relieved, when they were both in a thoroughly exhausted condition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 December 1964

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