David Heathcote Melrose (Heath) ROBERTSON

ROBERTSON, David Heathcote Melrose

Service Number: 2041
Enlisted: 14 July 1915, Ballarat, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Carlton, Victoria, 15 September 1897
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Redan & Sebastopol State Schools
Occupation: Motor Mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 22 September 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium
Plot III, Row G, Grave 26
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sebastopol Redan State School No 1289 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Ballarat, Victoria
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2041, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2041, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
22 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2041, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of James and Emma ROBERTSON of 505 Skipton Street, Ballarat, Vic.

David Heathcote Melrose Robertson (SN 2041) was born at Sebastopol on 18 September 1897 and attended the Redan and Sebastopol State Schools. He was an 18-year-old, single, Mechanic when he enlisted on 14th July 1915. He was drafted to the 22nd Infantry Battalion and embarked from Melbourne in August. On 22nd September 1917 he was killed in action near Zonnebeke, and is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

Pte D. H. (Heath) Robertson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. Robertson, of Albert street, Sebastopol, was killed in action in France on 22nd September,  1917. A week previous he celebrated his 20th birthday. He was educated at the Sebastopol and Redan State schools, and upon leaving became and  employee of the firm of Massey-Harris and Co. After that and until he enlisted for active service in August, 1915, he was employed with Messrs Brown and Co., Sturt street. In December, 1915, he was wounded at Gallipoli, and had six months' furlough to come home, but refused the leave,  and for that time he remained on duty in Egypt until he was able to rejoin his unit. In November, 1916, he was sent to France, and was in several of the big battles.