Robert Emslie HARPER


HARPER, Robert Emslie

Service Number: 3715
Enlisted: 24 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Golden Grove, South Australia, Australia, 11 March 1893
Home Town: Golden Grove, Tea Tree Gully, South Australia
Schooling: Golden Grove Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Assistant Orchardist
Died: Killed in Action , Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3715, 12th Infantry Battalion
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3715, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3715, 52nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 52nd Infantry Battalion

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Brother:  3714 Pte. James Little HARPER (/explore/people/252280) of 52nd Battalion Killed in action, 4 September 1916

Cousin:  5456 Pte. Roy Rutherford KNEALE (/explore/people/311524), of the 10th Battalion Killed during their controversial 'Raid on Celtic Wood' 9 October 1917 



Pte. Robert E. Harper, of Golden Grove, whose death is announced, was 23 years of age. He was educated at the Golden Grove School and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was of a quiet disposition, and his kindly qualities appealed to those with whom he came in contact. He was a member of the Teatree Gully Rifle Club and a good shot. He enlisted in August, 1915." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 21 Oct 1916 (


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