Robert Bailey MCDERMAID

MCDERMAID, Robert Bailey

Service Number: 1774
Enlisted: 30 April 1915, Hamilton, Victoria
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, 26 August 1889
Home Town: Hamilton, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Talbot State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Accidental (while handling a Stokes mortar), Amiens, France, 14 July 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton War Memorial, Talbot Caralulup State School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

30 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1774, Hamilton, Victoria
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1774, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1774, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
14 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 1774, 21st Infantry Battalion

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"This soldier was one of a party of four handling a Stokes bomb, when, through some cause unknown it exploded, killing all the party." - A. E. Reed (Major)

Death was attributed to negligence - no person disciplined as each man involved had been killed by the explosion.