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Robert Henry AUSTIN

Regimental number371
Date of birth1892
Place of birthGrafton, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Mr J Austin, Fry Street, Grafton, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Proyart on 11-12 August 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the 11th/12th August, 1918, during operations on the SOMME near PROYART, this Section Commander several times led his section with great fearlessness in rushing enemy posts. He succeeded in putting several posts out of action before the enemy had the opportunity of inflicting heavy casualties on our troops.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: Lietenant John Patrick AUSTIN, M.C., Citizen forces NSW 1915/16, served with the Royal Engineers, returned to Australia 17 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 December 1952
Place of burialGrafton Cemetery, New South Wales

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