SAWERS, Robert

Service Number: 3031
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Casula, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Rocky Hall, New South Wales, 2 November 1887
Home Town: Burragate, Bega Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, France, 22 July 1918, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme
Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Ribemont, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Residents of Burragate Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3031, Casula, New South Wales
14 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3031, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3031, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
22 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3031, 31st Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by Christine Mackenzie

"...3031 Private Robert Sawers, 31st Battalion from Burra Gate, NSW. A 28 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 3 February 1916, he embarked for overseas with the 5th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 14 March 1916 aboard HMAT Anchises. He served with the 31st Battalion in France and Belgium and was killed during the defence of Amiens, France on 22 July 1918. Pte Sawers is buried in the Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Robert's younger brother, 3033 Pte Arthur Peter Sawer enlisted with the 31st Battalion on the same day and fought with Robert. Arthur returned to Australia in April 1919..." - SOURCE (