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Albert James ROBERTS

Regimental number941
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address223 Glenlyon Road, East Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Roberts, 223 Glenlyon Road, East Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 29 November 1915 (shock); admitted to St Elmo Hospital, Malta, 4 December 1915; to Ghain Tuffeiha Convalescent Camp, 11 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ghain Tuffeiha Convalescent Camp, 24 December 1915, of (1) using obscene language to an NCO; (2) violently resisting an escort: awarded 20 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Malta for Overseas Base, Alexandria, 4 March 1916; admitted to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 10 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 18 May 1916, of disobedience of orders: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 20 May 1916, of being absent without leave from parade: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2310704: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 2845 Pte R. COLLIS, B Company, 60th Bn (patient HM Queen Mary's Royal Naval Hospital, Southend, England), 27 July 1916): 'On 19th July, 1916, at Armentieres, he was killed by a machine gun when we were advancing, 400 yds. of which were taken. I cannot give any further details.' Comment by interviewer: 'intelligent but ill. He was an eye-witness - it being light at the time.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROBERTS Albert James
Red Cross File No 2310704

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