Regimental number3285
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
Address8 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Dixon, Lekerlougher, Stradanon PO, County Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1918
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Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At the attack on DOIGNES on 2nd April, 1917, Private ROSBOROUGH, a stretcher bearer, displayed great courage and bravery in tending wounded under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. On perceiving that casualties were too numerous to remove at once, he, in conjunction with Private DOBSON, attended each man where he lay - dressing the wounds, leaving the other stretcher bearers to carry the men back. When all were attended to he carried them to places of shelter, and then joined in with the other bearers in the work of carrying. His splendid courage and devotion to duty, besides setting an example to others, undoubtedly saved many lives. His work was noted and praised by both Officers and men of his Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Discharge date28 September 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 55th Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Awared Military Medal by LT General Sir W.H. Birdwood in the field, 1 May 1917.

Admitted to 5th Army Rest Camp, 11 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 24 June 1917.

On leave, 10 July 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 4 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 26 September 1917 (gun shot wound, right thigh); admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 27 September 1917; transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to Ambulance Train; admitted to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 20 September 1917; transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, 1 October 1917; to 14th Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 4 October 1917; discharged to Base Details, 26 October 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 7 November 1917.

Detached to Divisional Sanitary School, 19 February 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), while at School, 20 March 1918 (gas), and admitted to 15th Field Ambulance; transferred to 5th Division Rest Station, 20 March 1918; to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 21 March 1918 (gassed: shell); to Ambulance Train, 23 March 1918, and admitted to 54th General Hospital, Boulogne, 24 March 1918; transferred to England, 31 March 1918, and admitted to Military Hospital, Frensham Hill, 1 April 1918. Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 April 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ruahine' for discharge (debility after gas poisoning), 12 May 1918; disembarked Sydney, 5 July 1918; discharged, Sydney (medically unfit), 28 September 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 April 1955