Robert James GULLY

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GULLY, Robert James

Service Number: 880
Enlisted: 22 February 1916, Kadina, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Tickera, South Australia, 18 May 1898
Home Town: Tickera, South Australia
Schooling: Tickera Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 16 March 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Alford District of Ninnes Honour Board, Alford War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Tickera War Memorial, Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Kadina, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 880, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 880, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
1 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 880, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines

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Biography

"...880 Private (Pte) Robert James Gully, 43rd Battalion. A farmer from Tickera, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with D Company from Adelaide on 9 June 1916 aboard HMAT Afric for Marseilles, France, before joining the 8th Training Battalion in England. After training in England he proceeded to France in mid-October 1916 to join the 32nd Battalion. However, he was returned to England as being under-age and eventually joined the 32nd Battalion on the Western Front near Racquinghem, France, on 1 August 1917. Pte Gully was killed in action near Messines, Belgium, on 16 March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was aged 20 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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