Robert Benjamin FOOTNER

FOOTNER, Robert Benjamin

Service Number: 1676
Enlisted: 24 February 1916, Port Augusta, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Augusta, South Australia, 17 March 1895
Home Town: Port Augusta, Port Augusta, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Baker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 4 September 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Augusta RSL Hall Circular Honour Roll, Port Augusta St Augustine's Church Memorial Honor Roll, Soldiers' Memorial Band Rotunda, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

24 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Port Augusta, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1676, 50th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1676, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE FOOTNER.

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Footner, of Port Augusta, have been notified that their son, Private Robert Footner, was killed in Action on September 4. He enlisted in March last, and sailed in April. Prior to enlisting lie had been employed by local bakers, by Mr. R. Smith, of Yudnapinna station, and Mrs. Massey, of Glenelg. He was a quiet, steady lad, and his untimely death is mourned by a large circle of friends, by whom he was highly respected. He was 21 years of age. A brother is on active service in Egypt." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 21 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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