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Robert Arthur DEWAR

Regimental number3047
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolGeorge Green's School, London, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram conductor
AddressHillview, Hillview Road, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 6.25"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Dewar, 700 Barking Road, Plaistow, Essex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, 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
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records30.7
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No 7), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Kate Elizabeth DEWAR, 700 Barking Road, Plaistow, London, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to join, 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 20 July 1916; subsequently reported prisoner of war, Germany, 20 July 1916; subsequently reported killed in action, 20 July 1916.

'Identity disc handed over by Intell. Off. with 6th Army H.Q. through Central Office for Deceased Estates, 12 October 1916. Voucher: Australian Soldier R.A. Dewar, Iden. Disc 3047, 55th Bn. fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles on 19 July 1916.'

Note on Red Cross File No 911010: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Statement from 3289 Pte A.J. RYDER, 55th Bn (patient, 1st London General Hospital, England; eyewitness: Dewar was knocked about a lot by the bursting of a shell when we were attacking at Fromelles stunt.'

Note on file: 'Disc received from Germany and sent to next of kin. 11.5.17.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DEWAR Robert Arthur
Red Cross File No 911010

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