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Robert Maxwell McMASTER

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practtioner
AddressWoollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, R.D. McMaster, Woodside, Goulburn, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 4 January 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in tending the wounded continuously for ten hours under shell fire. Several of his bearers were killed or wounded, and it was only with the greatest difficulty that he was able to save the wounded from being killed or buried alive.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Discharge date7 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 30 December 1916; reported to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 31 December 1916, for temporary duty.

To 1st Anzac Corps for duty, 16 January 1917; taken on strength of No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 January 1917.

Attached to 17th Bn, 20 January 1917, as Regimental Medical Officer.

Promoted Major, 24 August 1917.

Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's Dispatches, 7 November 1917.

Awarded Distinguished Service Order, 20 November 1917.

Rejoined No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 12 March 1918.

Attached to 6th Field Ambulance for temporary duty, 16 July 1918; rejoined No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 6 August 1918.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 18 September 1918 (pleurisy and bronchitis); to No 55 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 September 1918; to Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 28 September 1918; to England, 29 September 1918; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 30 September 1918; to Cobham Hall, 29 October 1918.

To be sent to Australia on duty, and leave is recommended until recall, 30 November 1918.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Morvada', 4 January 1919; disembarked Sydney, no date stated; appointment terminated (discharged: medically unfit), 7 June 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 August 1936
SourcesNAA: B2455, McMASTER Robert Maxwell

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