ERICKSON, Roy Robert

Service Number: 2364
Enlisted: 21 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia, 1897
Home Town: Drummoyne, Canada Bay, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 5 August 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2364, 18th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2364, 18th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
5 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2364, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

From Drummoyne in Sydney, four Erickson brothers, Albert Victor, Roy Robert, Bertie Theodore and George Peter all enlisted to serve. They all attended Drummoyne Public School and were members of the Drummoyne Amateur Swimming Club.

Roy Robert Erickson was killed by shell fire at Pozieres on the 5 August 1916, age 19. His older brother 3046A Pte. Albert Victor Erickson 45th Battalion AIF, was killed in action the very next day at Pozieres. George Erickson was also badly wounded at Pozieres and sent home to Australia.