Robert Henry BULMER


BULMER, Robert Henry

Service Number: 166
Enlisted: 24 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, January 1890
Home Town: Campsie, Canterbury, New South Wales
Schooling: Leichhardt Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Pattern Maker
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 16 July 1915
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot 1, Row B, Grave 16
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Kogarah Pictorial Honour Roll No.1
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 166, 1st Field Ambulance
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 166, 1st Field Ambulance, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 166, 1st Field Ambulance, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 166, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
24 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales

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1 Field Ambulance

Rank - Sergeant

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Son of William and Ruth Bulmer, Nelson, Riverstone, New South Wales. Brother of 3884 Walter Edgar Bulmer, 1st Bn, killed in action, Pozieres, France on 22 August 1916

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From RSL South Australia

This evening we remember the service and sacrifice of 166 Sergeant Robert Henry Bulmer, 3rd Battalion, of Petersham, NSW, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on this day in 1915, aged 25. Bob is buried in the Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli.

The 3rd Battalion was raised soon after the declaration of World War I, and began concentrating at Randwick, drawing its recruits from the Werriwa area.

It landed on the first day at Gallipoli in the second and third waves, and fought throughout that campaign, then on to the Western Front in Belgium and France. Among the battles it fought in were Pozières, the fighting along the Hindenburg Line in 1917, and the German Spring Offensive and Hundred Days' Offensive in 1918.

During the course of its involvement in the war, the 3rd Battalion suffered 3,598 casualties, of which 1,312 were killed in action. One member of the battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross, Private (later Captain) John Hamilton.

The 3rd Battalion existed between the wars, sometimes linked to another battalion, and at the outbreak of World War II, many men of the battalion joined the Second AIF 2/3rd Battalion. The 3rd Battalion continued to exist and was mobilised after Japan entered the war, seeing service in Port Moresby and during the Kokoda Trail campaign. It went on to fight at Buna and Gona on the north coast before it was disbanded to reinforce other units.

The battalion continues to be represented in the Australian Army by the 4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, which carries all the battle honours of of both battalions. C (Werriwa) Company of the battalion has the closest connection to the original 3rd Battalion.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Ian Smith
Anzac Day Committee