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Albert Ernest ROBERTSON

Regimental number937
Date of birth--/04/1892
Place of birthPrahran Victoria
OccupationElectrical engineer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Rebecca Gert Robertson, 90 Edgecliffe Road, Woollahra, New South Wales
Previous military service6th Infantry
Enlistment date5 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 4 Squadron, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/7/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Omrah on 17 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll71st Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: FLY
Promotion date: 12 November 1917


Unit: FLY Sqn 4
Promotion date: 12 February 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When carrying out a low flying bombing patrol, he observed a hostile triplane, accompanied by three scouts. He fired a burst of thirty rounds at very close range, and the hostile plane turned over on its side and crashed. Then, seeing an enemy scout below him, he fired twenty rounds into its cockpit, and it fell down vertically out of control. In addition to these he has shot down one other enemy machine, which finally crashed to earth. His dash and daring have been at all times most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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