William Alexander ROBERTSON

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ROBERTSON, William Alexander

Service Numbers: 10178, 2746
Enlisted: 20 February 1916
Last Rank: Group Captain
Last Unit: Airforce Headquarters
Born: Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, 13 March 1896
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Albert Park State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Chief engineer of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria
Died: Illness, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 October 1943, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
1.P.C.8, Springvale War Cemetery, Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Feb 1916: Enlisted Captain, 1 Administration Wing
20 Jun 1916: Involvement Corporal, SN 10178, 10th Field Company Engineers
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Corporal, SN 10178, 10th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Group Captain, SN 2746
7 Dec 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Airforce Headquarters
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Group Captain, SN 2746
Date unknown: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Group Captain, SN 2746
Date unknown: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Group Captain, SN 2746

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of John Alexander and Charlotte Emily Robertson 

Husband of Evelyn Ruth Robertson of Kew, Victoria 

Civil qualifications: M.C.E., M.I.C.E., M.I.E. (Australia)

 

Group Captain Robertson 2746 of Air Force Headquarters died at Number 6 RAAF Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria

 

He served during WW1 as a Captain with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) / Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served
 
The final resting place for; - 10178 & 2746 Group Captain William Alexander Robertson of Albert Park, Victoria who prior to his enlisting for War Service on the 16th of February 1916 had been an engineering student.

William was allocated to the 10th Field Company Engineers 1st AIF and was embarked for England and further training on the 20th of June. William arrived in England on the 10th of August, and by the 8th of November he had volunteered to join the Australian Flying Corps.

Having been accepted, William undertook basic training in England and following his graduation as a pilot, he was Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and officially taken on strength with the 69th Squadron Australian Flying Corps on the 7th of June 1917.

Detached for service with the Royal Flying Corps, William arrived in France in August, and having been promoted to Lieutenant, he was posted to the 32nd Squadron.

Shortly after his arrival, William was posted to the 2nd Squadron Australian Flying Corps. and served with this Squadron until the start of 1918, with his being hospitalized for debility, and which would see him being returned to England in February 1918.

Following his recovery, William spent time in England with the 5th Training Squadron, and later the 8th Training Squadron. William was promoted to Captain in August 1918, and was retained in England where he continued to serve with Training Squadrons, Captain Robertson, was still engaged in this work with Training Squadrons in England when the War concluded.
On the 17th of March 1919, William began his repatriation back to Australia. Having arrived back in Melbourne, William’s appointment as a Captain with the Australian Flying Corps was terminated on the 14th of June 1919.

With the start of a second World War, William again, was in the service of the Royal Australian Air Force, being posted to RAAF Headquarters in Australia. Serving as a Group Captain, William’s service would be continuous from the start of the War until his premature death, caused by illness occurred on the 12th of October 1943. William was aged 47.

Following his passing, Group Captain William Robertson, a veteran of two World Wars, was formally interred within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served
 
The final resting place for; - 10178 & 2746 Group Captain William Alexander Robertson of Albert Park, Victoria who prior to his enlisting for War Service on the 16th of February 1916 had been an engineering student.

William was allocated to the 10th Field Company Engineers 1st AIF and was embarked for England and further training on the 20th of June. William arrived in England on the 10th of August, and by the 8th of November he had volunteered to join the Australian Flying Corps.

Having been accepted, William undertook basic training in England and following his graduation as a pilot, he was Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and officially taken on strength with the 69th Squadron Australian Flying Corps on the 7th of June 1917.

Detached for service with the Royal Flying Corps, William arrived in France in August, and having been promoted to Lieutenant, he was posted to the 32nd Squadron.

Shortly after his arrival, William was posted to the 2nd Squadron Australian Flying Corps. and served with this Squadron until the start of 1918, with his being hospitalized for debility, and which would see him being returned to England in February 1918.

Following his recovery, William spent time in England with the 5th Training Squadron, and later the 8th Training Squadron. William was promoted to Captain in August 1918, and was retained in England where he continued to serve with Training Squadrons, Captain Robertson, was still engaged in this work with Training Squadrons in England when the War concluded.
On the 17th of March 1919, William began his repatriation back to Australia. Having arrived back in Melbourne, William’s appointment as a Captain with the Australian Flying Corps was terminated on the 14th of June 1919.

With the start of a second World War, William again, was in the service of the Royal Australian Air Force, being posted to RAAF Headquarters in Australia. Serving as a Group Captain, William’s service would be continuous from the start of the War until his premature death, caused by illness occurred on the 12th of October 1943. William was aged 47.

Following his passing, Group Captain William Robertson, a veteran of two World Wars, was formally interred within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria

Read more...

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of John Alexander and Charlotte Emily Robertson 

Husband of Evelyn Ruth Robertson of Kew, Victoria 

Civil qualifications: M.C.E., M.I.C.E., M.I.E. (Australia)

 

Group Captain Robertson 2746 of Air Force Headquarters died at Number 6 RAAF Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria

 

He served during WW1 as a Captain with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) / Australian Flying Corps (AFC)