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Russell Dunsmore ROBSON

Regimental number6989
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
OccupationEngineer's apprentice
Address'Bensham', Lindfield Avenue, Lindfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, George William Robson, 'Bensham', Lindfield Avenue, Lindfield, New South Wales
Previous military service19th Infantry
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Makarina on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 23 April 1918
Place of burialBorre British Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 22), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Catherine ROBSON, Tibouri, Greenwich Road, Greenwich, New South Wales

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th/5th October 1917 he was employed as Company Runner between Strong Point on BECELAERE RIDGE and Company Headquarters. he successfully passed 8 times through a heavy enemy barrage in the execution of his duty. Whilst not employed as a runner he worked on the strong point and set a splendid example of gallantry and coolness to his comrades materially helping in the task allotted his section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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