Robert Beveridge HUXTABLE CMG, DSO, VD, MID**


HUXTABLE, Robert Beveridge

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 3 May 1915
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 3 March 1867
Home Town: Charters Towers, Charters Towers, Queensland
Schooling: Hutchins School, Hobart, Otago University, New Zealand & Edinburgh University, Scotland
Occupation: Surgeon
Died: Illness following surgery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia, 11 May 1920, aged 53 years
Cemetery: Sydney (Waverley) General Cemetery
Church of England Spec.14 7001
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World War 1 Service

3 May 1915: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 7th Field Ambulance
24 May 1915: Involvement 7th Field Ambulance
24 May 1915: Embarked 7th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
11 May 1920: Involvement Colonel, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Date unknown: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Date unknown: Honoured Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Date unknown: Honoured Mention in Dispatches

OBITUARY & STORY from the newspapers

General regret was expressed here on Tuesday when it became known that Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Beveridge Huxtable had died in Sydney on Monday. At the commencement of the war Lieutenant-Colonel Huxtable, who was in command of the 2nd Infantry (Kennedy) regiment, went at once to Thursday Island as commanding officer. Later on he went to Enoggera, and was appointed lieutenant-colonel in the Army Medical Corps, and left Australia in command of the 7th Field Ambulance ; Lieutenant-Colonel Ross, of Townsville, being second in command. Lieutenant-Colonel Huxtable was at Gallipolli, where he did splendid work. After a strenuous time in the Peninsula he was invalided to Egypt, and on the evacuation he went to France. At the armistice Lieutenant-Colonel Huxtable was in charge of one of the great base hospitals in France ; he was promoted and decorated with the D.S.O., and later made a C.M.G., and on several occasions mentioned in dispatches for conspicuous bravery in the field. Lieutenant-Colonel Huxtable was born in Tasmania, educated in New Zealand and Edinburgh. On coming to Australia he practised in Thursday Island and Croydon. Later he was appointed as assistant to Dr. F. E. Hare in the

Charters Towers Hospital. On Dr. Hare relinquishing his position, Dr. Huxtable became resident medical officer, a position he occupied for many years, leaving it to enter into private practice in Charters Towers. In the North and North-west of Queensland there are many hearts that will sadden on reading of the death of this gifted surgeon and gallant soldier. Deep sympathy is expressed here for Mrs. Huxtable and her two children, who are at present living at Sydney

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Robert Beveridge HUXTABLE was born in Hobart, Tasmania on 3rd March, 1867

His parents were Charles Henry HUXTABLE & Isabella BEVERIDGE

He married Teresa SHINE on 14th June 1898 in Queensland and had two children, Robert Ralston HUXTABLE & Edith Ralston Hicks HUXTABLE, both born in Queensland - his wife Teresa died in Sydney on 10th July, 1920 two months after her husbands death

He enlisted on 3rd May, 1915 in the 7th Infantry Brigade, 7th Field Ambulance as a Lieutenant Colonel & embarked from Brisbane on 24th May, 1915 on the HMAT Ascanius 

He returned to Australia and died of illness following surgery in a Private Hospital in Darlinghurst, Sydney on 11th May, 1920 - his death was connected to his war service - there was a funeral for him at St James Church in King St Sydney and he is buried in Waverley Cemetery


Honours & Awards

Mention in dispatches  18th April, 1918, 24th October, 1918, 23rd May, 1919, 29th June 1917, 4th October 1917

Distinguished Service Order - DSO

Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George - 7th March, 1917

Victoria Decoration - VD



1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal