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Alexander John ROBERTSON

Regimental number2196
Place of birthWaverley New South Wales
ReligionBaptist
OccupationPlumber
Address435 Darling Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs E V Robertson, 435 Darling Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Troop Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917, he was one of the party employed on the construction of a strong point on BECELAERE RIDGE. Upon several occasions the enemy secured direct hits upon the trench each time causing casualties among the party. Regardless of his own safety and the fact that an intense artillery fire was being directed on the spot, he left cover and proceeded to dig the wounded out and bandage them in view of the enemy. He made several trips through the enemy barrage in assisting the wounded to the dressing station, returning each time to recommence his work on the strong point. He displayed great courage and devotion to duty throughout the whole action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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