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Gerald Hercules ROBINSON

Regimental number12054
Date of birth31 October 1893
Place of birthTalana Hill, near Dundee, Natal, South Africa
SchoolGrammar School, Jeppestown, South Africa; Wellington House, London, England; University of Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressAuburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Miss Eileen Robinson, c/o Miss McDonald, Chelsea Hall, Sutherland Street, Auburn, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 9, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 6 January 1919


Promotion date: 6 April 1919

FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1920

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date7 July 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 11 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 July 1916. Found guilty, 26 August 1916, of being absent without a pass: awarded 4 days Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of 7 days' pay. Found guilty of being absent without leave, Larkhill Camp, midnight, 14 November, to midnight, 15 November 1916: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay.

Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 23 November 1916. Detached for duty with 35th Bn in the field, 7 January 1917. Admitted sick to hospital, France, 29 August 1917; rejoined unit, 3 September 1917.

Wounded in action (scalp wound, gas shell poisoning, severe), 13 October 1917; invalided to United Kingdom, 20 October 1917; admitted to Military Hospital, Devonport, 24 October 1917. Awarded Military Medal for bravery in the field, 13 March 1918 (no citation recorded). Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 27 March 1918; rejoined unit from wounds, 27 March 1918.

Detached to join Cadet Bn, and borne supernumerary to 9th Field Ambulance establishment, 21 October 1918. Joined No. 13 Officer Cadet Bn, Newmarket, and appointed Cadet, 8 November 1918. Granted leave, 30 November to 2 December 1918. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on probation in the AIF, 6 January 1919. Proceeded overseas to France, 22 January 1919; taken on strength, 38th Bn, 28 January 1919. On leave to England, 6 March 1919; detached to 39th Bn for demobilisation purposes, 4 April 1919.

Granted leave, 31 March to 30 September 1919 to undertake accountancy course, G. Williams College, Tottenham Court, Road, London. Promoted to Lieutenant, 6 April 1919. Leave extended until 19 November 1919 awaiting family ship; attached to Finance Section, London, 31 January 1920; leave extended from 19 February to 10 March 1920. Struck off strength of Finance Section, 19 February 1920, and granted indefinite leave. Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ceramic', 12 March 1920. Appointment terminated, 7 July 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World WAR II as N278222/NX71053: several voyages on transport ships. Placed on retired list, 23 December 1943.
Date of death4 July 1972
Age at death78
Place of burialMona Vale Cemetery, New South Wales

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