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Robert Joseph DONOVAN

Regimental number25434
Place of birthBurketown, Queensland
SchoolSt James Christian Brothers (Catholic) School, Brisbane, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressTingall Hill, Wynnum, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, J. Donovan, Tingall Hill, Wynnum, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 December 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 29 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of disease 23 October 1918
Place of death or woundingAbbeville, France
Age at death22
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row J, Grave No. 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie DONOVAN, Wynnum, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother Thomas Donovan 3063 47th Battalion.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 29 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 September 1916.

Marched into Australian Artillery Training Depot, Parkhouse, no date stated.

Transferred to 'A' Battery, from Fort Wallington, Wareham, 26 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 February 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 8 Febraury 1917.

Transferred to 1st Division Artillery, 11 February 1917; taken on strength of 1st Australian Divisional Ammunition Column, 12 February 1917, and posted to No 1 Section.

Transferred to 1st Field Artillery Bde, 13 February 1917; taken on strength of 1st Field Artillery Bde, 14 February 1917, and posted to 3rd Battery.

Reverts to the rank of Gunner at own request, 25 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 31 October 1917; admitted to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, 31 October 1917, and transferred to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gassed); to No 19 Ambulance Train, 31 October 1917; to line of communication hospital, 1 November 1917; to England, 3 November 1917; to No 1 Western General Hospital, Liverpool, 4 November 1917; discharged to furlough, 8 December 1917, and to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 22 December 1917.

Found guilty, No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 26 December 1917, of being absent without leave from 1530 hours, 22 December 1917; until 2345 hours, 23 December 1917: awarded 5 days' confined to barracks, and forfeits 2 days' by Royal Warrant.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, 30 January 1918.

Marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 8 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 February 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 21 February 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 23 February 1918; rejoined 1st Field Artillery Bde, 26 February 1918.

Admitted to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 October 1918 (influenza); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 21 October 1918.

Died, No 3 Australian General Hospital, 23 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONOVAN Robert Joseph

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