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Robert Thomas RITCHIE

Regimental number3168
Place of birthRedfern, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address92 Curtis Road, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Donald Norman Hill Ritchie, 92 Curtis Road, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Discharge date15 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 11 November 1916; disembarked Capetown, South Africa (to hospital), 13 December 1916; re-embarked Capetown, 29 January 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England,3 March 1917. Marched in to 14th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 8 March 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; taken on strength, 54th Bn, 7 May 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 July 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, 13 July 1917; to 4th Convalescent Depot, 24 July 1917; rejoined unit, 12 August 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 30 January 1918 (trench fever); transferred to England, 8 February 1918, and admitted to Roysl Victoria Hospital, Netley; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 February 1918; discharged to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 20 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 January 1919; discharged, 15 March 1919 (medical unfitness).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 December 1963
Place of burialProspect St Bartholomews Cemetery

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