Robert John GEISLER

GEISLER, Robert John

Service Number: 3025
Enlisted: 16 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Eden Valley, South Australia, 2 January 1895
Home Town: Mount Pleasant, Barossa, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 25 April 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried near where he fell; 500 yards south of Viller-Bretonneaux, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mannum District Roll of Honor, Mount Pleasant District Memorial, Mount Pleasant Pictorial Honour Roll, Mount Pleasant Roll of Honor, Palmer War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3025, 10th Infantry Battalion, Keswick, South Australia
14 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3025, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3025, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
14 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3025, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Shell shock
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3025, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Paula Bartsch

Suffered with trench feet during service. Went AWOL on several occasions, for which he was awarded field punishment and loss of pay.

Pictured on Mount Pleasant Soldiers' Memorial Hall Honor Board, listed on Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church Honor Board and Mount Pleasant Anglican Church Honor Board.

Biography contributed by John Edwards

Born Johannes Rudolph Geisler at Eden Valley in 1895 to Carl Herrman Geisler and Augusta Ida Schultz

"...3025 Private Robert John Geisler, 50th Battalion from Mount Pleasant, South Australia. A 20 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 16 June 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 10th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 14 September 1915 aboard HMAT Ballarat. After transferring to the 50th Battalion in Egypt on 27 February 1916, he went with them to France in June 1916. He was wounded in action near Albert, France on 14 August 1916 but re-joined his battalion two days later. In November 1916 he was taken ill and evacuated to England for medical treatment. After recovering and undergoing further training, he returned to his unit on 2 July 1917. Pte Geisler was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, France on 25 April 1918 and buried near where he fell. After the war his grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux with others who have no known grave." - SOURCE (