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Robert Gordon CHIRNSIDE

Date of birth25 February 1883
Other trainingCambridge University, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMelbourne Club, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 7"
Weight163 lbs
Next of kinBrother, R M Chirnside, Kornong, Streatham, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Cambridge Mounted Rifles.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLT (Automobile Corps)
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.
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAuto Corps


Unit: HQ AIF
Promotion date: 1 May 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Legion d'Honneur

Recommendation date: 28 March 1916

Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Recommendation date: Unspecified

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 7 November 1918

Legion D'Honneur : Croix D'Officer (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 33
Date: 1 April 1920

Chevalier (Portugal)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date23 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Legion D'Honneur : Croix D'Officer (France), Chevalier (Portugal), Order of the British Empire, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHIRNSIDE Robert Gordon

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