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Bertie Robert ROCHESTER

Regimental number5050
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlbert Street, Taree, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs N G Rochester, Albert Street, Taree, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 9 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK on 6th October, 1917, the 2nd Battery was moving guns from their old positions in a forward position. The conditions were very trying as the ground they had to move over was very muddy and was continually under hostile shell fire. No. 5050 Bdr. Bertie Robert ROCHESTER was temporarily in charge of his gun and despite these difficulties succeeded in getting it into the forward position. His determination and courage set a splendid example to the remainder of his detachment, thus enabling the task to be carried out. His courage and devotion to duty is worhty of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date2 September 1918
Other details

Commenced return to Australia on board A 'Field Marshall', 28 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 27 May 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged Sydney, 2 September 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 February 1939
Age at death42
Place of burialTaree Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROCHESTER Bertie Robert

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