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Edward Arthur ROBERTS

Regimental number1413
Date of birth25 April 1893
Place of birthSt Peters, Dorset, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSugar worker
AddressCorinda, West Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Roberts Corinda, West Kogarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 12 (27 January 1916).

FateReturned to Australia 16 October 1916
Medals

Military Medal

'These two stretcher bearers [ROBERTS and 607 S.F. CARPENTER] on the 26th April went along the beach under heavy fire to rescue wounded men of other units who had been lying in a stranded boat near the "Fishermans Hut" for over 30 hours. All the occupants of the boat had been killed or wounded by machine gun or shrapnel fire. These stretcher bearers rescued four wounded men although under fire while going to the boat, taking the wounded out and returning.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 July 1966
Place of burialRookwood Cemetery

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