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Robert Ernest TAYLOR

Regimental number61
Place of birthMadras India
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse breaker
Address44 Read Street, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs H C Taylor, 44 Read Street, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameHead Quarters 1st Australian Division
AWM Embarkation Roll number1/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Date of embarkation incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 22 October 1914.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer having located an enemy trench, took six men and raided it by daylight. On jumping into the trench, he found it strongly held by over 40 of the enemy, but he remained long enough to kill ten and take two prisoners. On the way back these two were killed by enemy bombs. His dash and resource gained useful information, and kept up our ascendency in 'No Man's Land'.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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