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|Date of Birth||not known 1895|
|Place of Birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Death||2 Feb 1956|
|Place of Death||Welshpool, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||21 years old|
5'3½"(1.61m) tall ; 115 lbs|
52.163 kg; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Welshpool, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Alexander Robinson|
|Date of Enlistment||28 Feb 1916|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 17th reinforcement /4th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||17 Apr 1916 ‒ 14 May 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A60 Aeneas|
|Date of Return||2 Jan 1919 ‒ 10 Feb 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A35 Berrima|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||Mundijong School Roll of Honour|
British War Medal |
A month after entering camp, Alex was allocated to the 17th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion and travelled with them to Egypt where he required admission to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital for VD from 15 May to 22 Jun 1916 with an ineffective period of 39 days. On release he was taken on strength of the 16th Battalion's Base Details and on 6 Aug 1916 he boarded the HMT Megantic seemingly for England.
In England he was posted to the 4th Training Battalion at Rollestone, and on 30 Sep 1916 his training was well enough advanced for him to proceed overseas to Étaples in France. On 17 Oct 1916 he was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion, who at that time were in reserve positions in the Ypres salient (Woodcote Farm).
On 22 Aug 1917 Alex reported to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance and then to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with a non specific infection. Sent on to the 35th General Hospital at Calais before being evacuated to England on 30 Aug 1917.
In England Alexander was admitted to the Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton on 30 Aug 1917, with severe PUO. Discharged on 17 Sep 1917, he was sent to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, and there he was granted furlough from 21 Sep to 5 Oct 1917.
Alexander proceeded overseas to France again via Southampton on 2 Nov 1917. On arrival at the 4th Australian Division's Base Depot he was charged with being AWOL from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on 3 Nov 1917, receiving 14 day's Field Punishment No.2 before he rejoined the 16th Battalion on 27 Nov 1917.
Between 9 Feb 1918 and 2 Mar 1918 he was detached for special duty in England. On 21 Oct 1918 he required a spell in the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital Harefield, this time being admitted with influenza contracted while on leave in England. Recovered by 9 Nov 1918 he was released to the No.2 Command Depot in Weymouth to prepare for his return home.
With the conclusion of hostilities he was shipped back to Australia where he was discharged by the 5th Military District on 30 Mar 1919.