Thomas Robinson aka (served under the name of) John Robertson

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Robinson
Mother's Name: 
Rachael Robinson
Father's Name: 
George Robinson
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, October 7, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
57th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches
Date of Death: 
Monday, October 15, 1917
Place of Death: 
Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Thomas Robinson (Service No 4576) was born in Victoria around 1893.  Thomas enlisted in Melbourne using the name John Robertson.  Thomas's true identity was revealed after his death, when his mother provided a statutary declaration in order that he be commemorated under his true name.

When Thomas enlisted, as John Robertson, he stated that he was a single 22 year old labourer. He embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A32 Themistocles with 14th Reinforcements, 7th Battalion on 28th January 1916.   The troops arrived in Egypt on 28th February 1916 and Thomas (John) was transferred to 57th Battalion on 1st April 1916.  He arrived in France on 24th June 1916 and served on the Western Front.

On 15th February 1917 Thomas was admitted to hospital for treatment of gas poisoning sustained in battle. 

Thomas was Mentioned in Despatches on 9th April 1917, which was awarded and promulgated in the London Gazette, on 1 June 1917, and the Commonwealth Gazette on 4 October 1917.

He returned to his unit on 17th May 1917 and was fighting in the battle for Passchendaele, Belgium, when he was killed.

There is no known grave for Thomas.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ROBERTSON JOHN

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