Alexander Robinson

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Alexander Robinson
Personal Information
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
Description 5'3½"(1.61m) tall ; 115 lbs
52.163 kg
; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Horse driver
Religion Methodist
Address Welshpool, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Alexander Robinson
Military Information
Reg Number 5417
Date of Enlistment 28 Feb 1916
Rank Private
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
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

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 Venereal Disease 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 Field Ambulance and then to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with a non specific infection. Alex was then 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 (Pyrexia of unknown origin). 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.

Post War


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