Robert David MOFFATT


MOFFATT, Robert David

Service Number: 121
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Born: Cornwall, England, 1 May 1894
Home Town: Kensington, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Waverley Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Apprentice Engineer
Died: Shot by a Sniper, Rabaul, New Britain, Pacific Islands, 12 September 1914, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea-Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom - Panel 4.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crib Point RAN WW1 Roll of Honour (Panel 1), Howard War Memorial, Plymouth Naval Memorial to the Missing / Lost at Sea
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10 Sep 1914: Involvement Able Seaman, SN 121, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, German New Guinea

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...121 Able Seaman Robert David Moffatt, a signaller in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (RANR). Born in England in 1894, he worked as an engineer in Sydney and served on HMAS Australia. On 11 September 1914, whilst serving on HMAS Australia and as a member of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) in the advance from Kabakaul to Bitapaka, in New Britain, he was shot and wounded by a native sniper. AB Moffatt died the next morning from his wounds and was buried at sea. He was 20 years old." - SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 20 and the son of the late Thomas Moffatt, of Cornwall.

Birth registered as David Robert R. Moffatt.

Births Jun 1894 David Robert R. Bodmin 5c 69.

Naval Brigade, Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force. Died 11 September 1914-Rabaul, New Britain, Pacific Islands. [German New Guinea: Bismarck Archipelago, New Mecklenburg]