Robert Hall LAWRIE

LAWRIE, Robert Hall

Service Number: 1296
Enlisted: 29 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Signaller
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1884
Home Town: Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver
Died: 16 May 1959, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A.
Section CX (along Port Road); Drive A; Path No.10(21); Site No 273C. (Grant Expires: 10/12/2028).
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board, Queenstown Christ Church Honor Roll, Rosewater Junction Community Centre Honour Board (large), Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

29 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1296, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1296, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
12 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1296, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
14 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Signaller, SN 1296, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
15 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Signaller, SN 1296, 4th Division Cyclist Company
7 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Signaller, SN 1296, 11th Infantry Battalion
22 Jan 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Born in Edinburgh Scotland in 1884.

He lived with his uncle - Robert Hall of Kelmscott, Alberton, South Australia.

Described on enlisting 29 years 9 months old; single; 5' 1 1/2" tall; 151 lbs;

29/9/1914       Enlisted at Morphettville, South Australia

22/12/1914     Embarked from Port Melbourne on board HMAT Ceramic A40
                      as a Private in 16th Infantry Battalion, H Company

12/4/1915       proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces, Gallipoli Peninsula

14/8/1915       promoted to Signaller in 16th Battalion

16/8/1915       Embarked on board HS Newralia, sick with Fitrositis
                      admitted to No.1 Australian General Hospital
                      transferred to No.3 Auxillary Hospital
3/9/1915        discharged to Convalescent Depot, Helouan
5/9/1915        to light duty

15/10/1915     admitted varicose veins, Helipolis
                      transferred to Helouan Casualty Clearing Station
26/11/1915     admitted to overseas base - Giza, Cairo, Egypt

28/12/1915     rejoined unit, Ismalia

6/4/1916         admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismalia

15/5/1916       transferred to 4th Cyclist Corps

18/5/1916       embarked on board HMT Briton in Alexandria
6/6/1916         disembarked into Plymouth, England

7/9/1916         transferred to 11th Infantry Battalion

21/12/1916     proceeded overseas to France on board Princess Clementine
22/12/1916     joined Base Depot, Etaples, France

10/1/1917       taken on strength into 11th Infantry Battalion

Realloted regiment number 1296A

27/1/1917        sick to hospital - conjunctivitis
5/2/1917          rejoined unit

24/9/1918        returned to Australia on board Kasir-A-Hind, ex Toronto
23/11/1918      disembarked into Austalia off of ship HT Devon for "1914 leave"

22/1/1919        discharged from service in AIF

Total service:    4 years 116 days (overseas 3 years 337 days)

1914-15 Star (40774); British War medal (1746); Victory medal (1746).

After WWI Robert worked with H.M. Customs.

He never married.

Last lived in Alberton, South Australia.

16/5/1959   Robert passed away  (74 years)
buried in:    Cheltenham Cemetery, Port Road, Cheltenham, South Australia
                  Section CX (along Port Road); Drive A; Path No.10(21);  Site No 273C.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  26/4/2015.  Lest we forget.


Biography contributed by Jacob Lawrie

Robert Hall Lawrie was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1884. He moved to Australia and lived with his uncle who was also named Robert Hall in Alberton, South Australia.

Robert Hall enlisted to go to war on the 29th of September, 1914 when he was 29 years old and 9 months. He enlisted at Morphettville, South Australia. At the time of enlistment, Lawrie was 5 foot 11, 68.5 kg, single and a Presbyterian. Lawrie then embarked from Port Melbourne on the HMAT Ceramic A40 on the 22nd December, 1914 with the 16th Battalion.

While Robert Hall Lawrie was at war he joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces at Gallipoli, Peninsula. On the 14th August, 1915 Robert was promoted to a signaller in the 16th battalion. Two days after becoming a signaller he embarked on the HS Newralia because he was sick with Fibrositis. He went to the No.1 Australian General Hospital but then was transferred to the No.3 Auxillary Hospital. On the 3rd September, 1915 he was sent to the Convalescent Depot, Helouan and was then given light duty because he was unwell. He was then admitted to hospital with varicose veins on the 15th October, 1915. About a month later he went back to war in Egypt and re-joined the 16th Unit.

After a period of time with the 4th Cyclist Corps - transferred on the 15th May, 1916 - Lawrie was sent to join the 11th Battalion in France. He embarked for France on the HMT Briton and reallocated the regiment number 1296A.

Then on the 27th January, 1917 Lawrie was admitted to hospital with conjunctivitis.

On the 24th September, 1918 Lawrie returned to Australia on board the Kasir-A-Hind and was discharged in 1919. Lawrie spent 4 years and 116 days with the AIF, 3 years and 337 days of that overseas.

Lawrie was awareded the 1914-15 Star Medal, a British War medal and the Victory medal.

Following his service with the AIF, Lawrie took up employment with H.M. Customs.

Robert Hall Lawrie died at 74 years of age and was buried at Cheltenham Cemetery in South Australia.