Robert Murdoch Finlayson HOOPER MID


HOOPER, Robert Murdoch Finlayson

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 28 August 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 June 1889
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Albert Park State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Railway engineer/Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Plot 1, Row D, Grave 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Willow Grove War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 5th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
21 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
30 Apr 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Robert Murdoch Finlayson HOOPER was born on 11th June 1889 in East Melbourne - the only son of Robert HOOPER and Margaret Amelia McDONALD

He attained the rank of Lieutenant on 14th August, 1914 before enlisting with the AIF on 28th August, 1914 - he has previously served for 3 years with the 52nd Infantry Battalion & 6 years with the V.S.R. & was presently serving as  Lieutenant when he enlisted for WW1 (5th Battalion A Company)

Robert was Mentioned in Dispatches several times and also recommended for the French Crox de Guerre & also received a special mention fo acts of conspicous gallantry & valuable services dated April 25 to May 5, 1915

He died on 9/10th August 1915 and was originally buried in Browns Dip South Cemetery, Gallipoli and later reinterred in Lone Pine

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal


"HOOPER.- Killed in action on the 9th August, at the Dardanelles, Captain Robert Murdoch Finlayson Hooper, only son of Robert and Margaret Hooper, of 22 Bridport street, Albert Park, grandson of Murdoch McDonald, late of "The Springs," Berwick, and "Glen Norman," Willowgrove.
HOOPER.- In loving memory of Captain R. M. F. Hooper, killed in action at the Dardanelles.

A brave young life freely given. -(E.A.H.)" - from the Melbourne Argus 14 Oct 1915 (