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Robert EWART

Regimental number3684
Date of birth22 May 1889
Place of birthBelfast, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSmith's Hotel, Richmond, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Ewart, Stranmore Road, Guildford, Co Down, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 December 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 December 1916
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date21 June 1919
Other details

Enlisted, Townsville, 6 December 1916, under the name Robert HEWITT. Made Statutory Declaration, 13 December 1916, that his real name was Robert EWART.

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917, and marched into Pioneer Training Bn, Fovant.

Found guilty, 17 May 1917, of being absent without leave, Fovant, from midnight, 14 May, to 3.30 pm, 16 May 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp and forfeited 7 days' pay: total forfeiture: 2 days' pay.

Detached to 9th Training Bn, Durrington Camp, 24 May 1917; rejoined Pioneer Training Bn, 1 June 1917.

Transferred to Engineering Details, Engineers Training Depot, Brightlingsea, 11 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 August 1917; taken on strength, 9th Field Company Engineers, in the field, 22 September 1917.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 June 1918 (laryngitis); to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 12 June 1918; discharged to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 18 June 1918; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 22 June 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 3 July 1918.

On leave to England, 25 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 13 October 1918.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 November 1918 (sprained ankle), and transferred same day to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville; to England, 30 November 1918, and admitted to Western Auxiliary Hospital, Torquay, 2 December 1918. Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 December 1918. Discharged on furlough, 2 January 1919, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 17 January 1919.

Reported absent without leave, 17 January 1919; lateness excused; granted extension of leave to 22 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Czar', 24 March 1919; transshipped to HT 'Dongala' at Alexandria, 16 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 16 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 21 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 December 1949
Age at death60
Place of burialThe Necropolis, Rookwood (Plot CofE, Row 8, Grave No 2761), New South Wales

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