Robert Morrison (Roy) PHISTER


PHISTER , Robert Morrison

Service Number: 6551
Enlisted: 22 March 1916, 2 Platoon A Coy
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Pittsworth, Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia, 5 January 1896
Home Town: Millmerran, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Wounds, Belgium, 27 September 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Millmerran War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6551, 15th Infantry Battalion, 2 Platoon A Coy
21 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6551, 15th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
21 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6551, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Roy was the second of eight children of Robert Morrison Phister (born 1863 in Ipswich, QLD) and Janet King (born 1871 at Leyburn, QLD). Robert was a Labourer at Millmerran on the Darling Downs, QLD in 1890 when he married Janet, and they settled on the Darling Downs to raise their family.

Roy was a Station Hand at Millmerran when he enlisted in the AIF in April 1916. He served as a Private (Service No:6551) with 21st Reinforcements 15th Infantry Battalion, and was hospitalised with Mumps and influenza. Roy Died of Wounds on 27 September 1917. 'News was received this (Wednesday) morning that Private Roy Phister, second son of Mr and Mrs Robert Phister, has died of gunshot wounds received in action in France. The whole district has been plunged into grief, and the heartfelt sympathy of all here is felt for the bereaved parents and relatives. The late Private Phister was a native of the town, and a fine specimen of young manhood, standing over six feet. A younger brother, George, is serving in France' (Toowoomba Chronicle. Friday 2 Nov 1917 p5). Uncle Alfred Phister (aka John Luscombe) served in the Boer War (Trooper, Service No:1437); brother George (Private, Service No:6547) also served in WWII; and brothers Cyril (Private; Service No: QX1038), Clarence William (Leading Aircraftman; Service No:23633), Percy (Private; Service No:Q141487), Gordon French (Staff Sergeant, Service No:QX16310) and Brother-in-Law David George Ashlin (Sapper, Service No:29717) served in WWII.