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James Rance ROBB

Regimental number340
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGardener
Address27 Lock Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMargaret Robb, 27 Lock Street, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 56th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll.
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. At a critical stage, when his men were momentarily held up by heavy bombing from the flank posts, he rushed the position with a small party and killed the garrison. Later, at the head of his men, after strenuous fighting, he gained the final objective. He set a splendid example of pluck and enthusiasm to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Herleville Wood, near Foucoucourt, on 23rd August 1918. He started in command of a platoon, and, as the advance continued and other officers became casualties, he took command of their platoons also, and succeeded in establishing them on the final objective. Later, he and one other officer were all that remained after a five hours' gas bombardment, and they formed the remaining men into one company. He remained in the gassed area for thirty five hours.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Emnarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (wound, arm: slight), and admitted to HS 'Clan McGillivray'; rejoined Bn, 18 May 1915.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 9 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted corporal, 15 January 1916, and appointed Lance Sergeant.

Promoted Sergeant, 25 February 1916.Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 2 April 1916.

Appointed Temporary Company Sergeant Major, 28 December 1916.

Reverted to Sergeant, 25 February 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, 26 February 1917 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to 13th Field Ambulance; to Corps Rest Station, 27 February 1917; to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 28 February 1917; to Ambulance Train No 31, 2 March 1917, and admitted to 51st General Hospital, , 3 March 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 12 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 46 days.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 May 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic', 13 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 29 August 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 12 September 1919.

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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