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Robert Hughston CLOSE

Regimental number511
Place of birthEvansford, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMine manager
AddressOrmond Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinSister, Mrs Caroline Connell, 3 Ormond Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date6 December 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Corporal
Unit nameNo 1 Mining Corps
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Tunnelling Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 7 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reconnoitring hostile dug outs after our attack. He completed the difficult task of making entrances to cellars under an intense bombardment, working for 36 hours under the most trying conditions. He has also exhibited great coolness when laying charges in close proximity to the enemy at imminent risk of being blown up himself.'c
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Date of death19 August 1937

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