Alexander Thomas ROBB

ROBB , Alexander Thomas

Service Number: 4117
Enlisted: 26 August 1916, 10th Reinforcements
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Camperdown, Victoria, Australia, January 1887
Home Town: Yeodene, Colac-Otway, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Colac-Otway - Victoria, Australia , 2 February 1953, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Colac General Cemetery
Memorials: Beulah Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4117, 29th Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcements
21 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4117, 29th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4117, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Melbourne
9 Dec 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4117, 58th Infantry Battalion, per Leicestershire
21 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 4117, 58th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Alexander was the fourth of eleven children of Alexander Robb Snr (born 1859 in Bulla, Victoria) and Harriet Lavinia Hodgkinson (born 1857 in Flemington, Victoria). Alexander married Harriet in 1881 and they settled in Colac, Victoria where Alexander Snr worked as a Carter and Labourer.

Alex Jnr was a seventeen year old Labourer in Colac, Victoria in 1904 when he married Susan McKenzie (born 1886 in Ballarat, Victoria) - Susan was also seventeen years of age. They settled in Corangamite, Victoria where Alex worked as a Labourer until he enlisted in the AIF in September 1916. He served as a Private (Service No:4117) with 29th and 58th Infantry Battalions, and was an A/Lance Corporal in France. Alex was Discharged in January 1919.

When he returned to Corangamite, Victoria after more than two years on overseas service, Alex found that Susan had a new born baby to another married man, and immediateley filed for Divorce. He remained in Corangamite, Victoria with three of their five children and in 1920 married Edith Eveline Nolan (born 1901 in Blakeville, Victoria). Alex and Edith remained in Colac, Corangamite, Victoria, where Alex worked as a Labourer until his death in 1953. Edith died in 1966.