Service Number: 3836
Enlisted: 8 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Richmond Victoria Australia , December 1883
Home Town: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 February 1927, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

8 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3836, 8th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3836, 8th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3836, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Adelaide
21 Aug 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3836, 8th Infantry Battalion, MU deafness

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

Looking for the family of; - 3836 Private Robert Abraham Lazarus of Carlton, Victoria had been employed as a driver when he enlisted for War Service on the 8th of July 1915 and was allocated to reinforcements for the 8th Battalion 1st AIF. He was overage to join up so Robert dropped his age by three years in order to be accepted.

Robert was shipped to Egypt and further training, departing Australia on the 23rd of November and arrived following his Unit’s return from the Gallipoli campaign. Having officially joined his Battalion in Egypt Robert departed for France arriving on the 4th of April 1916 and remained on duty until his health broke down and he was admitted into hospital at Etaples on the 7th of February 1917.
Sent across to England where he arrived on the 12th of February it was discovered after his admission that Robert was becoming deaf and was no longer fit for frontline service.

On the 4th of May Robert was embarked on his repatriation back to Australia and following his arrival he received his official discharge from the 1st AIF on the 21st of August 1917 and was re-entered into civilian life. Robert’s health was on the decline in the early years following his return from the War and after being hospitalised at the 11th Australian General Hospital (Caulfield) he was eventually admitted into the Military Mental Asylum (Mont Park) on the 24th of February 1927, where he died whilst still in residence on the 2nd of May.

Following his death Robert war interred within Fawkner Cemetery, Victoria and had cited that his next of kin was his wife Mrs Elizabeth Lazarus of Carlton, Victoria