Robert William Archibald DALE

Badge Number: MS495, Sub Branch: Unley

DALE, Robert William Archibald

Service Number: 62542
Enlisted: 11 May 1918
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
Born: Goodwood, South Australia, 20 January 1900
Home Town: Forestville, South Australia
Schooling: Goodwood Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Motor mechanic
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, 24 September 1934, aged 34 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: LO, Road: 5S, Site No: 17
Memorials: Goodwood Public School WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

11 May 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 62542, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
22 Oct 1918: Involvement Private, SN 62542, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
22 Oct 1918: Embarked Private, SN 62542, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, HMAT Boonah, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 62542
14 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 62542, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

62542 Private Robert William Archibald Dale of Plympton, South Australia had been employed as a motor mechanic prior to enlisting for War Service on the 11th of May 1918, very shortly after he had attained his 18th birthday.

With the War near ending Robert was allocated to the 6th General Service Reinforcements 1st AIF as a temporary Sergeant and embarked for England and further training on the 22nd of October. Whilst at sea the Armistice was declared on the 11th of November, and the ship of which Robert was being sent to England on, the HMAT ‘Boonah’, was recalled and returned to Australia. With the War now over Robert was officially discharged from the 1st AIF on the 14th of February 1919, and re-entered civilian life.

Robert’s untimely death occurred on the 24th of September 1934, at the age of 34. Following Robert’s death, he was formally laid to rest within West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia.