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Regimental number4311
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolHornsby St State School, Windsor, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinUncle, Harry Austin, Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 6,Field Ambulance 6, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of wounds (gas poisoning). Awarded MM for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
FateDied of wounds 16 November 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialBologne Eastern Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row 1, Grave 116), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Ellen May AUSTIN. Native of Victoria, Australia

Military Medal

'On the 3rd October 1917, whilst the 55th and 114th Batteries were in action East of YPRES they were subjected to very heavy hostile fire causing numerous casualties in each Battery. No. 4311 Private R. AUSTIN A.A.M.C. without hesitation, went to the guns looking for the wounded and rendered first aid where ever necessary. His task was performed and completed under heavy shell fire and at great personal risk. His example of courage and devotion to duty are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 1918

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