Thomas Walter Bain ROBERTS MC

ROBERTS, Thomas Walter Bain

Service Number: 1100
Enlisted: 4 April 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kybunga, South Australia, 27 April 1889
Home Town: Kybunga, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide's Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 26 November 1973, aged 84 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Blyth Boys of the Blyth District WW1 Roll of Honour , Blyth Kybunga Pictorial Honour Board, Blyth WW1 Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1100, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1100, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1100, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
8 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Served on the Western Front.

Military Cross - Lieutenant Thomas Walter Bain ROBERTS (Source AWM)

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On August 8th, 1918, during the operation East of Hamel this Officer commanded a platoon. When a Section of 9 men with whom he was working was held up by an enemy machine gun post covering an observation post. Lieut. ROBERTS brought his Lewis gun into action and with 4 men worked around the flank, and rushed the post, capturing 5 prisoners here and 6 others from a dugout in rear. Throughout the operations Lieut. ROBERTS displayed much bravery and devotion to duty.' Recommendation dated: 12 August 1918

Commissioned Officer


2nd Lieutenant  30 June 1917

Lieutenant  24 November 1917

Cousin to 1092 Sgt. Ivan Neville ELDREDGE (/explore/people/548986) they Enlisted and Embarked together.They served together in the 43 Battalion. Neville Eldredge was also recognised for gallantry (awarded the Military Medal) in the same battle.