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Robert James STRACHAN

Regimental number2253
Place of birthCowra New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressBack Creek, Cowra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Mr David Strachan, Back Creek, Cowra, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 9th October, 1917, during the attack east of ZONNEBEKE, Private STRAHAN volunteered for stretcher bearing undr most trying cirucmstances. he worked continuously under intense shell fire and under particularly adverse weather conditions, bringing in wounded men promptly and assisting in carrying men to the Aid Post, although at times the enemy barrage was concentrated on his immediate surroundings, he never hesitiated working throughout with utter disregard for his personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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