Robert Bartholomew FONTANA


FONTANA, Robert Bartholomew

Service Number: 2016
Enlisted: 14 September 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion
Born: Avenel, Victoria, 1889
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Avenel State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Herbecourt, France, 1 September 1918
Cemetery: Herbecourt British Cemetery
Row A, Grave no. 9, Herbecourt British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Avenel War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2016, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2016, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
1 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2016, 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion

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Robert Bartholomew FONTANA was born in 1889 in Avenel, Victoria

His parents were Domenico FONTANA and Mary SUTTON

He had previous service with the  15th Light Horse (Avenel) when he enlisted on 14th September, 1915 with the 4th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Themistocles on 28th January, 1916 - His last posting was with the 1st Anzacs Cyclist Battalion.

Robert was Killed in Action on 1st September, 1918 in France - he is buried in Hebecourt British Cemetery & also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal 


The Argus, Melbourne - 14th Sepember, 1918

FONTANA.- Killed in Action, France on the 1st September, 1918 after 2 years and 7 months active service, Robert B, loved son of Mr. & Mrs. D Fontana , Avenel, loved brother of Mrs. J. Kennedy (Glelnferrie) Ernest & George (both on active service) Michael, Daniel, William & Mary.  R.I.P.