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Robert Bernard RAPER

Regimental number4892
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway porter
AddressNanango, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mr E Roper, Nanango, Queensland
Enlistment date30 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Military Medal

'Is recommended for conspicuous gallantry and great devotion to duty in action near HAMEL WOOD, east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. Throughout the operation, this N.C.O. displayed great dash and magnificent courage. In the early stages of the attack he assisted greatly in keeping the men together and leading them on. Just prior to reaching the final objective his Platoon Commander was wounded, and he immediately assumed command. His work in the consolidation was excellent, and he showed great judgment in the selection of positions, and thereby saved many lives. He set an excellent example and greatly inspired the men under his command by his cheerfulness and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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