Robert William (Willie) POOLE

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POOLE, Robert William

Service Number: 691
Enlisted: 30 January 1915, Enlisted at Tatura
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Girgarre East, Victoria, Australia, May 1894
Home Town: Byrneside, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 9 December 1915
Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli
Row H, Grave 3 Headstone inscription reads: Our hero a faithful son & brother Commemorated in the Tatura Cemetery, Victoria. , Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Tatura
8 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides at Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
14 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion
31 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, Boarded transport boat SS Nile enroute to Lemnos Harbour.
4 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, Boarded SS Alyssia enroute for Gallipoli
5 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 691, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Charles John and Fanny McCullock Poole of Girgarre East, Victoria; borther of Alfred George Poole

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Mark Poole

Robert William Poole was known at 'Willie' by his family. He was as the fourth child of 10 to Charles John Burt Poole and Fanny McCulloch Poole (nee Caldwell). His siblings in order were:

1. Alice Jane (married Clapp) b1889

2. Elsie May (married Hacon) b1891

3. James b1892

4. Robert William b1894

5. Jessie Isabella (married Marke) b1896

6. Wesley Charles b1899

7. Alfred George b1901

8. Walter Ernest b1903

9. John Joseph Henry b1905

10. Fanny Elizabeth (married Matthews) b1908.

Willie was very close with his sister Jessie and he was born to a farming family at Girgarre East in north central Victoria. Willie was committed to his family and his church life at the local Cooma church and volunteered despite things not going too well at Gallipoli. He enlisted with his first cousin Sidney Poole b1894 and spent most of his time with cousin Sid in action. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 08 Dec 1915 only a matter of weeks before the ANZACs were all evacuated from Gallipoli.

Willie is commemorated in plaques in the Cooma Memorial Methodist church near his home.

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