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|Date of Birth||c1893|
|Place of Birth||Kahibah, Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Death||14 Sep 1942, aged 49|
|Place of Death||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||25 years, 2 months|
5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; 120lbs|
54.431 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair ; scar on forehead
|Address||East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Frederick Poole|
|Date of Enlistment||13 Mar 1916|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||19 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Sep 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A48 Seang Bee Fremantle to Plymouth|
|Date of Return||4 May 1917 ‒ 25 Jun 1917|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A32 Themistocles|
|Fate||Returned to Australia (Medical)|
|Monument||none as yet|
British War Medal |
Electoral Roll entries: 1914 - 1916 Cannington, shop assistant
Robert entered Blackboy Hill camp on 13 Mar 1916 and on 4 Apr 1916 he was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, and travelled with them to England where they disembarked at Plymouth. On arrival in England he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone, before proceeding overseas to France from Folkestone aboard the HMT Victoria on 16 Nov 1916.
Robert entered the 2nd Division's Base Depot in Étaples, France, on 17 Nov 1916. On 4 Dec 1916, Robert reported sick, and was admitted to the 26th General Hospital where he was diagnosed as having a mildly disordered heart condition.
Consequently, on 14 Dec 1916 he was evacuated to England aboard HMHS Cambria, and on arrival he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital. Discharged to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 20 Dec 1916. Robert was granted furlough from 15 - 30 Jan 1917 after which he reported to the No 2 Command Depot at Dartford. On 21 Feb 1917 he was transferred to the 2nd Convalescent Depot at Weymouth.
On 4 May 1917, Robert began the journey back to Australia where he was discharged by the 5th Military District as medical unfit on 12 Jul 1917.
In 1922 Robert married Muriel Bennett in Perth
Electoral Roll entries: 1919 Cannington, shop assistant; 1925 with Muriel at 11 Price street, South Fremantle; 1931 - 1937 at 570 High street, East Fremantle, railway employee;
While Robert madre it to France, he never was well enough to join the 28th Battalion.