Russell Dunsmore ROBSON MM


ROBSON, Russell Dunsmore

Service Number: 6989
Enlisted: 25 January 1916, Moore Park, Sydney
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Field Company Engineers
Born: Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 9 October 1897
Home Town: Lindfield, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street & Technical High School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Engineers apprentice
Died: Killed In Action, Strazeele, France, 23 April 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Borre British Cemetery
Plot I, Row A, Grave 22, Borre British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sydney Technical High School WW1 Roll Of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1916: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 6989, 1st Field Company Engineers, Moore Park, Sydney
1 Apr 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 6989, 1st Field Company Engineers
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 6989, 1st Field Company Engineers, SS Makarini, Sydney
12 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Medal
24 Nov 1917: Promoted Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, 1st Field Company Engineers
23 Apr 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 6989, 1st Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Russell Dunsmore ROBSON was born on 9th October, 1897 in Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW

His parents were George William ROBSON & Catherine Grace DUNSMORE who married in Leichhardt on 2nd September, 1895 - he had 3 sisters, Marion, Dorothy & Gwenyth

He enlisted in Moore Park in Sydney on 25th January, 1916 & embarked from Sydney on 1st April, 1916 on the SS Makarini with the 1st Field Company Engineers, 16th reinforcements

Russell was Killed in Action in Strazeele,  France on 23rd April, 1918 & is buried in the Borre British Cemetery, Plot I, Row A, Grave 22


He was awarded the Military Medal on 12th October, 1917

"During the operations east of Ypres on 4th & 5th October, 1917, he was employed as Company Runner between Strong Point on Becelaere Ridge and Company Headquarters, he successfully passed 8 times through a heavy enemy barrage in the execution of his duty.

Whilst not employed as a runner he worked on the strong point and set a splendid example of gallantry and coolness to his comrades, materially helping in the task allotted his section"

Commonwealth Gazette no. 31 - 7.3.1918