Robert Edward PRATT

PRATT, Robert Edward

Service Number: 7037
Enlisted: 14 September 1916, Lismore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Casino, New South Wales, Australia, 18 April 1891
Home Town: Kyogle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Meningitis, At Sea , United Kingdom, 7 December 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino Circuit Great War Honor Roll, Casino and District Memorial Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Kyogle Great War Honor Roll, Kyogle Methodist WW1 Roll of Honor, Kyogle Shire Council Honour Roll WW1, Woodenbong and District Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7037, Lismore, New South Wales
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 7037, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Kyarra embarkation_ship_number: A55 public_note: ''
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 7037, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...7037 Private Robert Edward Pratt, 9th Battalion, of Kyogle, NSW. A farmer prior to enlisting, Pte Pratt embarked from Brisbane with his brother, 7036 Pte David George Pratt on on HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 17 November 1916, with the 23rd Reinforcements. Robert Pratt developed meningitis while on the troopship, and died at sea on 7 December 1916. Pte David Pratt was wounded in France in 1918 and was evacuated to a hospital in England. On 8 November 1918 whilst be repatriated to Australia he died at sea of influenza." - SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date – 7th December..... Private Robert Edward Pratt was born at Casino, NSW in 1891. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th September, 1916 as a 25 year old Farmer from Kyogle, NSW.

Private Robert Edward Pratt embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 17th November, 1916 with the 9th Infantry Battalion, 23rd Reinforcements with his older brother – David George Pratt.
Private Robert Edward Pratt was admitted to Ship’s Hospital while at Sea on 4th December, 1916.
Private Robert Edward Pratt died on 7th December, 1916 at Sea on board Troopship HMAT Kyarra from Meninigitis.

Private Robert Edward Pratt was buried at Sea from HMAT Kyarra on 7th December, 1916. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave.

(Older brother – Private David George Pratt was wounded in action in France on 14th April, 1918. He was returned to Australia & embarked from England on 19th October, 1918 with GSW to left chest – penetrating. Admitted to Ship’s Hospital 25th October, 1918 with Influenza & Broncho Pneumonia. Died at Sea 8th November, 1918 on board H. T. Sardinia. Remembered on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.)

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)