From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||5 Mar 1900|
|Place of Birth||Newry, Ireland|
|Death||31 Oct 1974, aged 74|
|Place of Death||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||40 years, 4 months|
|Description||5'5" (1.65m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair ; scar below right knee|
|Address||Albany road, Bedfordale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs. Dora Margaret Hynes|
|Reg Number||WX4937 & W30579|
|Date of Enlistment||23 Jul 1940 & 19 Feb 1941|
|Rank||Warrant Officer Class 2|
|Unit/Formation||13th Australian Infantry Training Battalion|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
War Medal 1939-45 |
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Robert and Dora arrived at Albany aboard SS Demosthenes as 3rd class passengers in either 1926 or 1927 (records filed under both years). Dora died on 14 Dec 1979 in Subiaco, aged 83. Prior to their emigration, Robert had served s an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy
Electoral R0ll entries: 1931 Group 137, Margaret River, settler; 1936 - 1943 at Canning Weir, quarry worker.
Robert enlisted while residing at Canning Dam on 23 Jul 1940 and was taken on strength by the 13th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Northam as a part time instructor. The next day he was promoted Corporal, and then to Lance Sergeant the same day. On 3 May 1941 he was promoted Temporary Sergeant, remaining with the training battalion until 20 Jan 1942 when he was detached to the 3rd Australian Corps Physical & Recreational Training School, at Subiaco until 13 Feb 1942. From 19 Feb 1942 until 25 Apr 1942 he was undergoing a Remedial Instructors Course at the Army School Physical & Recreational Training at Frankston in Victoria to qualify as an instructor. From 29 May until 1 Jun 1942 Robert attended a course at the 3rd Australian Corps Physical & Recreational Training School , and until 16 Sep 1942 he was attached to their camps as an instructor.
However, on 16 Sep 1942 he was transferred to the staff of the 109th Australian Convalescent Depot at Narrogin, where on 20 Aug 1942 he was appointed Warrant Officer Class II. On 4 May 1943 Robert was admitted to the 118th Australian General Hospital in Northam with abdominal pain, and was released to duty on 12 May 1943. On 25 Jun 1943 Robert was again admitted to the 118th Australian General Hospital to have his appendix removed. On 17 Jul 1943 he was released to Faversham Convalescent Home near York before being readmitted to the 118th Australian General Hospital on 28 Jul 1943. On 26 Oct 1943 Robert was sent to the Medical Wing of the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot.
Robert was then sent to Victoria (382 Pool??) on 17 Mar 1944 before being sent to the Second Australian Army Junior Leaders School in Seymour from 19 May until 30 Jun 1944 to undertake a course. On 4 Jul 1944 Robert was posted to the 1st Australian Recruit Training Battalion at Cowra in New South Wales.
On 15 Mar 1945 Robert was transferred from the 1st Australian Recruit Training Battalion in NSW to the 4th Australian Recruit Training Battalion also at Cowra. With the conclusion of the war training needs were significantly reduced and thus on 3 Oct 1945 Robert was transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot in Claremont on 5 Nov 1945 to begin the discharge process. Robert required treatment in the 120th Australian Special Hospital during October and November 1945 before being discharged on 14 Nov 1945.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Canning Weir, quarry worker; 1954 at Ypres road, Kelmscott, brickmaker; 1958 - 1968 at Stepney road, Armadale, brickmaker; 1972 at 8 Verrill way, Armadale, retired; 1980 at 36 Lilian avenue, Kelmscott.
Sandra Beverley Philips associated with both graves. The photo from Robert's Pay Book would indicate that he was involved with the British Army during the final years of WW1, or soon after.