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Robert William Argyle  Stevenson

Name on Board RA Stevenson
Name on Service
Robert William Argyle   Stevenson
Enlistment Age 22
Occupation Grocer
Place of Birth Maldon, Vic
Next of Kin Edith E Stevenson
Address 37 The Avenue, Spotswood, Vic
Marital Status M
Enlistment Date 20/07/1915
Service No. 13163
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 21/03/1916
Embarkation Ship RMS Malwa
Unit on Embarkation 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
Date of Death 18/09/1918
Unit on Death 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
Rank on Death Bombardier
Cause of Death Died of wounds
Place of Wounding/
1st Australian Field Ambulance, France (exhumed from original grave at Buire British Cemetery and reinterred)
Cemetery or Memorial Cerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery, Cerisy, Picardie, France
Additional Information Son of William Featherstone Stevenson and Rowena Stevenson. Following his enlistment, Robert Stevenson, was temporarily appointed to a number of units (a naval unit, the base hospital and the military police) before being appointed to the Field Artillery Brigade. Raised in September 1915, the Brigade initially camped and trained at Albert Park.  During 1917 the Brigade was in constant action, supporting allied attacks on Messines, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, and then Passchendaele, as part of the Third Battle of Ypres. 1918 saw them supporting the Australia Corps during the German Spring Offensive, in Villers-Brettoneux and on to the Somme.    The Australian offensive began in August 1918 with the Brigade supporting the infantry through Peronne, Mont St Quentin, Bellicourt and the Hindenburg Line.    Exhausted from combat and illness, the brigade was relieved on 18 October. It was during one of these battles that  Bombardier Stevenson’s left leg was shattered by a shell, on 18 September 1918.  He was treated at the 1st Australian Field Ambulance but died at 9.30 that morning. Amongst his belongings returned to his wife, was a lock of hair.  Edie Stevenson wrote to the military expressing her grateful thanks for the return of so many of her husband’s personal effects.
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