Robert Emslie HARPER

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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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Biography

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 

 

"LATE PTE. R. E. HARPER.

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 (nla.gov.au)

 

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