ROBERTS, Richard

Service Numbers: 773, NX128667
Enlisted: 25 August 1914, Kensington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, 19 April 1893
Home Town: Glebe, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway employee
Died: Natural causes, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia, 6 September 1965, aged 72 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Heddon Greta Honor Board
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 773, Kensington, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 773, 3rd Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 773, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 773, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
27 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 773, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jan 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 773, 3rd Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

19 Oct 1942: Enlisted Lieutenant, SN NX128667, 18th Infantry Battalion AMF
11 Oct 1943: Discharged Lieutenant, SN NX128667, 18th Infantry Battalion AMF

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The Newcastle Sun on 4 November 1918 reported the impending return of a local Anzac on ‘1914 Leave’.

“Private Richard Roberts, second youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts senior, of Heddon Greta, who is one of the first batch of Anzacs returning on furlough. Private Roberts enlisted in Narrabri West on the declaration of war against Germany. He volunteered with the rifle club of that district, sailed with the first contingent, and landed in Egypt in December 1914.

He received slight wounds in an encounter with the Turks shortly after arrival. He took part in the landing at Gallipolli where he was severely wounded but returned and was one of the last to leave the peninsula at the evacuation. On recovering from his wounds, he left Egypt for France.

Blown up and temporarily buried in the battle of Pozieres, he was invalided back to the base hospital, suffering from shell shock. On resuming duty, Private Roberts fell a victim of trench fever, and was at one stage given up for dead. He has taken part in most of the big engagements since March 1917, and all things considered has come through the ordeal remarkably well.

A man of even temperament and unassuming disposition, a devoted son and brother, he has won for himself the esteem of a wide circle of friends. Private Roberts is 26 years of age and prior to enlistment occupied the position of night station master at Narrabri West on the Government railways.”

Richard Roberts arrived home in the steamer ‘Devon’ on 23 November 1918 at Melbourne before entraining to Sydney. He married Wilhelmina Irene Hardcastle at Armidale in September 1920 – they were to have three children, two sons and a daughter. In 1928 he purchased a home in Etna Street, Gosford for his family and would live there for the rest of his life until his death in 1965. His wife survived him by six years.