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William John ROBERTSON

Regimental number13502
Place of birthPort Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor mechanic
Address20 Edward Street, Norwood, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Harriet Ellen Robertson, 20 Edward Street, Norwood, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameAuxiliary Mechanical Transport Company 3, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/113/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Motor Transport Company
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1917
Discharge date23 January 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 3 March 1917, and marched in to Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 2 August 1917 (old injury, elbow); transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 4 August 1917 (contusion, left elbow; old injury); to England, 16 August 1917, and admitted to Richmond Military Hospital, 18 August 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 23 August 1917; discharged on furlough, 29 August 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 September 1917.

Marched in to 'D' Sub Depot, Parkhouse, 25 September 1917.

Found guilty, Parkhouse, 4 October 1917, of neglect to obey AIF Routine Order of 13-9-17, viz. wilfully trespassing on cultivated field well knowing it to be out of bounds: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 19 October 1917, for discharge (ankylosis, left elbow); disembarked [place not stated], 11 December 1917; discharged (medically unfit), 23 January 1918.

War service: 1 year 112 days (of which 355 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROBERTSON William John

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