Robert Augustine MILDREN

Badge Number: S1630
S1630

MILDREN, Robert Augustine

Service Number: 5153
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wokurna, South Australia, 27 January 1890
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Paddington, South Australia, 8 December 1941, aged 51 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5153, 10th Infantry Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5153, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Robert was the son of William Henry and Katherine Dora (nee Starrs) Mildren of Port Broughton.

 

Robert was born at Wokurna on 27 January 1890. A labourer, he was 26 years old when he enlisted in Adelaide on 8 February 1916.

Robert was appointed to 16th Reinforcements 10 Battalion and embarked aboard HMAT A9 “Shropshire” on 25 March 1916. After training in England he proceeded overseas to France on 15 August 1916 and was taken on strength of 10 Battalion in the field on 25 August. Robert was then taken ill and spent three months in medical care.

On 25 January 1917 10 Battalion was out of the line and training near Albert, France. What happened to Robert on that day is not known but the battalion diary states that although there were no casualties that day two other ranks were evacuated. Somehow Robert had received severe burns to both feet and five days later was invalided to England and admitted to hospital. Deemed medically unfit to continue service Robert was invalided to Australia aboard “Pakeba” on 27 August 1917 and disembarked in Adelaide on 20 October. He was discharged on 17 December 1917.

Roberts brother, 4223 Pte Frank Mildren, also enlisted and served in France with 50th Battalion until at Moquet Farm

Robert enlisted for service in World War 2.

 

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