Llewelyn ROBSON

ROBSON, Llewelyn

Service Number: 246
Enlisted: 30 December 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Machine Gun Company
Born: Derwenlas, Montgomery, Wales, 10 August 1891
Home Town: Moorooka, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: St Marks College, Chelsea
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, Poperinghe, Belgium, 13 October 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Nine Elms British Cemetery
Plot 5. Row B. Grave 11., Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinghe, Flanders, Belgium, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Tree Plaque: Yeronga Avenue of Honour
Memorials: Annerley Stephens Shire Council Residents Honour Board 2, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glen Innes & District Soldiers Memorial, Yeronga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

30 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 246, 7th Machine Gun Company, Brisbane, Queensland
2 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 246, 7th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 246, 7th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
11 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 246, 7th Machine Gun Company, Third Ypres, GSW (left eye and right thigh)

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Biography contributed by Graham Robson

Llewelyn was the third child of Thomas and Mary Robson, born in Derwenlas Isagareg, Wales.  His sister, Helen contracted tuberculosis (TB) when he was about 21 years old. At the urging of his older brother, his two sisters and mother sailed to Brisbane, Australia, aboard the SS Dorset, arriving in 1912, (travel to a warm climate being the only recommended therapeutic measure), where Llewelyn and his brother joined them.  Unfortunately, his sister Lilian also contracted TB whilst nursing Helen during the voyage. In 1915, following the deaths of both sisters, Llewelyn volunteered to join the AIF and was assigned to the 7th Australian Machine Gun Company, departing Sydney, 02 May 1916 on H.M.A.T. A20, ‘HORORATA’.  His brother remained in Brisbane, looking after their ailing mother until she died in 1917.  He then volunteered, hoping to join Llewelyn in France but this wasn't to be - a damaged knee couldn't take boot-camp training at Enoggera and he was discharged medically unfit. 

The 7th MG Company Diary states that the company was relieved during the 10th of October after fighting near Zonnebek but notes that at about 1:30 pm on the 9th of October, two (Vickers machine) guns and their crews were sent to reinforce the 6th Australian Infantry Brigade at the front near Daisy Wood.   The diary of the 6th Brigade also makes reference to two additional machine guns being assigned to them by the DMGO.  It seems that Llewelyn participated in this assignment as these were the only 7th MGC guns still operating during the morning of the 11th of October when he was severely wounded, suffering gunshot wounds to his left eye, abdomen and right thigh.. He was recovered by members of the 11th Australian Field Ambulance and subsequently transferred to the 44th Casualty Clearing Station located about 7 kms SW of Poperinghe - where he died soon after his arrival on the 13th of October, 1917. 

Llewelyn was buried across the road from the CCS, in what is now the 9 Elms Commonwealth Military Cemetery.