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Robert Shakel EDWARDS

Regimental number940
Date of birth7 December 1896
Place of birthCopperhouse, Kooringa, South Australia
SchoolCopperhouse Public School, Kooringa, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCopperhouse, Kooringa, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards, Copperhouse, Kooringa, South Australia
Enlistment date28 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Discharge date26 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 3rd Light Horse at Gallipoli, 25 October 1915. Found guilty of sleeping at his post, 9 November 1915: awarded 3 months' Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of 109 days' pay. Disembarked at Alexandria from Gallipoli, 20 December 1915.

Joined Western Frontier Force, 29 December 1915. Found guilty, 29 January 1916, of conduct prejudicial to good conduct and military discipline in that he answered an officer in an insolent manner: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of 28 days' pay.

Admitted to hospital (septic throat), 27 July 1916; rejoined unit, 3 August 1916. Detached for railway construction, 5-28 July and 27 August-9 October 1917. Admitted to hospital (neurasthenia), 3 November 1917; discharged from hospital, 26 November 1917.

Taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Regiment, 27 November 1917; transferred to 3rd Light Horse, 2 January 1918. Detached to School of Instruction, 14 September 1918; rejoined unit, 14 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, 15 May 1919; disembarked in Australia, 26 June 1919; discharged, 26 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II as S212768, Sergeant. Enlisted, Adelaide, South Australia, 10 January 1940, 4th Garrison Bn. Transferred to 25th Works Company, 5 October 1942; to 34th Works Company, 25 January 1946. Discharged, 6 June 1947.
Date of death10 November 1965
Age at death68.11
Place of burialCheltenham Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia

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