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Robert George Orrock

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Robert George Orrock
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 17 Mar 1886
Place of Birth Elmhurst, Victoria
Death 29 Jul 1956, aged 76
Place of Death Victoria Park, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 35 years, 5 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 145 lbs
65.771 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Horse driver
Religion Presbyterian
Address Canning Mills, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Robert James Orrock
Military Information
Reg Number 6375
Date of Enlistment 2 Oct 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A34 Persic
Date of Return 5 Apr 1918 ‒ 22 May 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A30 Borda
Fate Wounded in Action 1 Oct 1918
Returned to Australia
Monument none at present
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1910 Worsley, hewer; 1916 Canning Mills, sleeper hewer

War Service

A week after entering the Blackboy Hill camp Robert was allocated to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. Five weeks later, on 16 Nov 1916, Robert was re-allocated to the 18th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, and travelled with it to England.

On arrival in England they were sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone for further training, and on 14 Jun 1917 he proceeded overseas to France through Southampton.

Robert was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion on 9 Jul 1917 in Bapaume where they were spending an extended period out of the trenches rebuilding. On 1 Oct 1917 he was wounded in action with injuries to his left leg and left arm, received when the 28th Battalion was moving into the line near Bellicourt. Three casualties while the battalion was taking up its positions, 1 KIA and 2 x WIA.

Treated first by the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, before being forwarded to the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, he was placed on the Ambulance Train for Boulogne where he was admitted to the 55th General Hospital on 2 Oct 1917. Evacuated to England aboard HMHS St Denis on 6 Oct 1917, he was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital Christchurch.

Transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield on 15 Feb 1918, before being assessed as unfit for further service and sent home to Australia. Discharged by the 5th Military District on 20 Nov 1918.

Post War

During 1925 Robert married Myra Margaret Lobb in the Canning area. Myra died on 12 Jul 1951 in Victoria Park, aged 65.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 Canning Mills, labourer; 1931 - 1943 with Myra Margaret at 67 Hubert street, Victoria Park; 1949 at 40 Pinjarra road, Mandurah, labourer; 1954 alone at 67 Hubert street, Victoria Park.

During WW2 Robert served with the Citizens Military Forces as W29240 Private Orrock from 20 Aug 1940 until 18 Aug 1944.

Notes

Brother: 6621 Driver John Harold ORROCK, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, died of wounds, 18 November 1916.


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