William Reginald Robbins

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Reginald
Last Name: 
Robbins
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Robbins (nee McCauley)
Father's Name: 
Frederick Robbins
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, January 17, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
2nd Field Artillery - Medium Trench Mortar Battery
Company: 
4th Battery
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, October 31, 1917
Place of Death: 
Westhoek Ridge, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Robbins (Service No 33655) was born in Thirroul, N.S.W. in October 1885.

He was married and had 5 children when he enlisted at 31 years of age.  William worked as a labourer.

He embarked from Melbourne on HMAT A9 Shropshire with the Medium Trench Mortar Battery, 7th Reinforcements on 11th May 1917.  After arriving in England on 19th July 1917 he was sent to France and joined the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column on 24th September 1917.  On 18th October 1917 he was transferred to 2nd Field Artillery, 4th Battery.

On 31st October 1917 William was at Westhoek Ridge, Belgium putting a gun into position.  A shell hit the gun pit and he was killed instantly.

William is buried in The Huts Cemetery Plot XIV, Row A, Grave 6.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ROBBINS WILLIAM

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