Colin Campbell ROBERTSON

ROBERTSON, Colin Campbell

Service Number: 766
Enlisted: 11 April 1917, Prahran, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Nathalia, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Clunes, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Died of wounds, France, 19 May 1918
Cemetery: Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clunes War Memorial, Tourello Walnut Grove Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 766, 2nd Machine Gun Company, Prahran, Vic.
30 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, 766, 2nd Machine Gun Company
30 Oct 1917: Embarked Private, 766, 2nd Machine Gun Company, HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne
19 May 1918: Involvement Private, 766, 22nd Infantry Battalion
19 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 766, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Wounded (details not known) during the 6th Brigade attack on Ville sur Ancre. Evacuated to 6th Field Ambulance however died of his wounds later the same day.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Colin Campbell Robertson stated he was 21 when he enlisted in the AIF at Prahran on 11 April 1917, however in reality he was not yet 20 years of age.

He was promoted to “Voyage Only” Corporal and embarked overseas on 30 October 1917. He disembarked at Devonport on 27 December, where he reverted to Private and joined the 6th (Brigade) Training Battalion at its Fovant Camp in Wiltshire.

He departed England and arrived in France on 1 April 1918, where he was taken on strength of the 22nd Battalion in the field at Querrieu, north-east of Amiens, on 6 May 1918.

Two weeks later the 22nd Battalion took part in the 6th Brigade’s successful attack and capture of the village of Ville sur Ancre, and it was here on 19 May 1918 that Pte Colin Campbell Robertson sustained a mortal wound, the exact nature of which remains unknown.

He was evacuated to the 6th Field Ambulance however died of his wound and was buried in the Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension later the same day.

Source: Extract from "Clunes War Memorial WW1" by Robert Wight, June 2022.