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Cameron Desaile ROBERTSON

Regimental number561
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBookseller
AddressYork Terrace, Rozelle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMiss Annie Green, 46 Gilpps Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military service8th AASC
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1 Divisional Train (1 to 4 Coys Army Service Corps) October, 1914
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll561A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near GUEUDECOURT from 15th November, 1916, to 6th December, 1916, these N.C.O.s and men did most excellent work as members of the Divisional Pack Transport Troops. They are selected from the 256 N.C.O.s and Drivers as having set a fine example to the remainder by their coolness under fire, determination, and resource. They never failed in getting the mules up to Battalion Headquarters although they came constantly under shell fire, during which a number of mules were killed. Their work was done at night under the most difficult conditions, and they were instrumental in saving a number of valuable animals from drowning when bogged in shell holes in the portion of their journey beyond Brigade Headquarters, which was under constant shell fire. '
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 September 1963

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