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Horace Clement Hugh  ROBERTSON

Date of birth29 October 1894
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
SchoolGeelong College, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSoldier
Address'Kia Ora', Barkly Street, Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Mr John Robertson, State School No 1601, Oakleigh, Victoria
Previous military serviceStaff Cadet RMC Duntroon 1912-14
Enlistment date3 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A47 Mashobra
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 30169 (6 July 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174 (11 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 25 August 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Service on the staff of the Yeomanry Mounted Division and on Chauvel's staff to supervise the repatriation of the AIF in the Middle East.
Other detailsService on Gallipoli and in Palestine. In the Second World War commanded the 19th Infantry Brigade in the first Libyan campaign, 1941; GOC 1st Australian Armoured Division, 1942-43; 6th Australian Division, 1945. Commander-in-Chief, British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan, 1946-51. Knighted 1950.
Miscellaneous detailsMarital status at enlistment given as single. In fact married secretly 7 November 1914.
Date of death28 April 1960
Place of burialNecropolis Springvale, Victoria
SourcesJeffrey Grey, 'Australian Brass: the career of Lieutenant General Sir Horace Robertson' (Melbourne, 1992)

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