Robert William Wilson

First Name: 
Robert
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Wilson
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Wilson
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, November 15, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
53rd Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/1915 Star
Details: 

Robert Wilson (Service No 5267) was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1894.

At the time of enlistment Robert was single, employed as a railway porter, resided in Clifton, NSW, and had previously served 1 year with the Naval Brigade in Victoria.

Robert embarked on SS Makarini with the 1st Battalion, 16th Reinforcements on 1 April 1916.  He arrived in France on 20 May 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion in France on 12 June 1916.

On 8 July 1916, Robert was admitted to hospital with a sprained ankle and was transferred to the 53rd Battalion on 16 October 1916.  On 12 May 1917, he was admitted to hospital with trench fever.

On 6 November 1917, Robert was attatched to 14th Machine Gun Company and served with them until he was admitted to hospital for treatment of injuries sustaned from a gas attack.

Robert was returned to Australia in December 1918 and after intervention from his Mother ws discharged in Melbourne, Victoria.   He was medically discharged in Melbourne, Victoria on 9 March 1919 with Effort Syndrome. 

In 1924, the Army received a letter from the Pentridge Gaol Governor requesting a copy of his medical files.

Robert is believed to have died in 1926.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WILSON R W

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