Robert Thomas (Bob) CHRISTIE


CHRISTIE, Robert Thomas

Service Number: SX8273
Enlisted: 6 July 1940, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, SA, 18 March 1916
Home Town: Angaston, Barossa, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of wounds, Libya, 7 May 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide WW II Wall of Remembrance*, Angaston HB2 District of Angaston WW II*, Angaston WW1 & WW2 War Memorial*
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World War 2 Service

6 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Adelaide, SA
6 Jul 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Craftsman, SN SX8273, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
18 Apr 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX8273, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
Date unknown: Involvement

Bob Christie, Angaston, Pays Supreme Sacrifice

Mrs R. Friend, Angaston, has been advised of the death of her son, Pte. Robert Thomas Christie, as result of wounds received in North Africa. He was 24. His father, the Late Pte Christie, was killed in France during the last war; Bob being his only son. He was born at Mt. Gambier on March 18. 1917, and was educated' at Sacred Heart College, Glenelg. To his many line characteristics he added brilliant sportsmanship in football, cricket and baseball. For years he was one of Angaston's key men in cricket and football, being an excellent wicket keeper and quick-scoring batsman.

He played district cricket with Adelaide and later with Glenelg, and was with the latter team in 1939 when he won the "Mail" Cup for quickest century of the season. Don Bradman, with a century in 80 minutes, had a big lead for the cup; but in the season's last match, Bob in a dazzling display made a chanceless century in 58 minutes, going on to 138 in 80 minutes. He was associated with Mr H. H. Young's Angaston Pharmacy when he enlisted with the A.I.F., and went overseas. This bright young man with sterling character and adventurous spirit, has passed on: but his sacrifice and heroism will live on in a wonderful, inspiring memory.

Taken from the Leader (Angaston, SA) Thursday 15 May 1941.

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