Robert James Newby

First Name: 
Robert
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Newby
Father's Name: 
Thomas Newby
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, December 23, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Division Ammunition Column
Company: 
2nd & 3rd Reinforcements
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Robert Newby (Service No 3866) was born in Kendall, England about 1890. He was 24 years old and living at Mount Kembla, N.S.W., Australia, working as a miner when he enlisted.

Robert embarked from Sydney on 19 February, 1915, with the 13th Battalion on HMAT A54 Runic, and disembarked in Egypt, before being sent on to ANZAC.

After serving as part of the Gallipolli Campaign, during 1915, Robert went on to serve of the Western Front, arriving at Marseilles, France on 3 April, 1916.

In February and March 1917 Robert was hospitalised a number of times. While not wounded in action, he had a knee injury, and suffered from rheumatism and ligament problems.

Robert  and was returned to Australia with the knee injury, via HMAT !7 Nestor in July 1917.

He was discharged medically unfit from the AIF on 23rd October, 1917.

After the war a Robert sent a letter to the authorities applying for his ANZAC medal. While the letter is undated, it shows his address at the time as Robertson, N.S.W.

Nothing more is known of Robert Newby.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, NEWBY ROBERT JAMES

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