Robert Kenneth BAZLEY MC+Bar

BAZLEY, Robert Kenneth

Service Numbers: 796, V82418, 250905
Enlisted: 29 January 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leongatha, Vic., 16 June 1894
Home Town: Ardmona, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: State School Teacher / Orchardist
Died: 29 May 1964, aged 69 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
Other Denominations Lawn, Section A1, Grave 10
Memorials: Loch State School No 2912 Roll of Honor, Mooroopna & Ardmona District Memorial Panels, Mooroopna War Memorial, Warracknabeal Ailsa & District Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

29 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 21st Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Sergeant, 796, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement Sergeant, 796, 24th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

26 Dec 1939: Enlisted V82418
Date unknown: Discharged V82418
Date unknown: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, 250905

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of  Mrs M. Bazley, Commercial Hotel, Maroopna, Queensland

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as liaison officer with the flanking battalion. When his runners became casualties he continually passed through the enemy barrage himself and brought back valuable information. Later, he reconnoitred the jumping-off trench in daylight, and led the attacking troops into position. After the attack he again reconnoitred our new positions and led the relieving battalion to their line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 137
Date: 30 August 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack on a village, this officer was at the forward report centre. On receipt of orders for mopping up of the village, he went forward and assisted the two companies in their organization for that purpose. Several times during the day he went forward to collect information, and brought back accurate reports to his commanding officer. Later he helped the companies by laying out a tape for their digging in. Throughout the operations his assistance was invaluable and was largely responsible for its successful issue.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 15
Date: 4 February 1919