Robert Michael GEELAN

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GEELAN, Robert Michael

Service Number: 2644
Enlisted: 31 July 1915, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Araluen, New South Wales, Australia, 1884
Home Town: Leichhardt, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Schooling: Superior Public School, Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Drover
Died: Killed in action, Menin Road, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Leichhardt War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

31 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2644, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2644, 18th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2644, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
27 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2644, 18th Infantry Battalion, Shrapnel wound to the left leg and invalided to England on the 30 July 1916

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Francis Robert Geelan and Mary Geelan of 'Luidaville', 1 Lyall Street, Leichhardt, NSW. Brother of Francis John Geelan who returned to Australia on 24 July 1919 having served with the 14th Light Horse Regiment

Several times he was promoted to the ranks of Lance Corporal and Corporal but each time was reverted to Private

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