Victor Wentworth ROBINS

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ROBINS, Victor Wentworth

Service Number: 1087
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mosman, New South Wales, 10 August 1894
Home Town: Pymble, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Junior Sydney High School
Occupation: Audit Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, France, 9 April 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Hermies Hill British Cemetery
Plot 111, Row D, Grave 11. His name is located at panel 34 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN 1087, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
8 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN 1087, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN 1087, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Sydney
2 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1087, 1st Machine Gun Battalion
9 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1087, 2nd Infantry Battalion
28 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1087, 2nd Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
9 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Father Godfrey Thomas William ROBINS and Mother Annie Robins (nee BAYLEY),
he lived with his parents prior to embarking at "Tasli", Stoney Creek Road, Pymble, NSW.

Previous service:
12 months 2nd Lieutenant Senior Cadets
12 months Sergeant in 18th Infantry
2 years  2nd Lieutenant in 18th & 17th Infantry
Attended Special Course for Officers at Royal Military Duntroon College

Next of kin in service (cousins):

3004  Sergeant Albert Bates  (55th Battalion)
           Parents James Henry & Mary Jane BATES, 34 Renwick Street, Drummoyne, NSW
           7/8/1915   Enlisted in Sydney
           8/10/1915 Embarked on board HMAT A69 Warilda, from Sydney
           2/9/1918   Died of wounds
buried in: Heilly Station Cemetery (Plot VII, Row B, Grave No. 41), Mericourt-L'Abbe, France

11355 Gunner Sydney Frank Loughlin MM  (2nd Field Artillery Brigade)
           Parents William and Gertrude LOUGHLIN, 'Wallawa', Burlington Road, Homebush, NSW
           13/8/1915   Enlisted in Sydney
           8/10/1915   Embarked on board
           17/10/1917  Killed in Action
buried in: The Huts Cemetery (Plot XIII, Row B, Grave No. 8), Dickebusch, Belgium)

Described on enlisting as 21 years old; single; 5' 11 1/2" tall; 154 lbs;
19/7/1915     enlisted in Sydney, NSW

8/10/1915     embarked from Sydney, NSW on board HMAT Warilda A69
                    as a 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 10th reinforcements

22/3/1916     embarked ex Alexandria on board HMTS Grampian for overseas
                    to join British Expeditionary Forces
28/3/1916     disembarked at Marseilles, France

2/4/1916       taken on strength into 1st Infantry Brigade, Machine Gun Company

21/4/1916     Promoted to Lieutenant
21/4/1916     Seconded for duty with 1st Machine Gun Company

24/7/1916     Gun shot wound to back and arm, severe, (in action), in France

27/7/1916     embarked on board HS Western Australia at Rouen, France, for England
9/8/1916       transferred to 2nd Battalion
18/9/1916     convalescent from shell shock contracted in France on 24/7/1916
                    (with injury to right middle ear)
18/10/1916    discharged from hospital to Perham Downs, England

1/11/1916     proceeding overseas to France, ex Folkestone, England
10/11/1916   resumed duty from seconded list - Etaples, France

In early 1917 the German Army withdrew to the formidable defences of the Hindenburg Line. As the 2nd Battalion advanced towards these defences in April 1917.

5/2/1917       On Command Division School - France
28/2/1917      rejoined 2nd battalion from school

Hermies was seized on the morning of the 9/4/1917, by a surprise attack of the 2nd and 3rd Australian Infantry Battalions.

9/4/1917       Killed In Action at Hermiens

buried in:      HERMIES AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY
                    on the North-West side of the village
                    ***This cemetery contained the graves of 1 officer (Lte Robins) and
                         20 Non-Commissioned Officers and men of the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion,
                         who fell on the 9th April 1917.

his remains were later exhumed and reinterned in:

buried in:      Hermies Hill British Cemetery
                    Plot 111, Row D, Grave 11

Medals:
1914-15 Star (8034);  British War Medal (21121); Victory Medal (21045);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (356754)

Sourced and submitted by Elizabeth Allen and Julianne T Ryan. 13/5/2015.  Lest we forget.

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