Allan Couper Robertson

Name   Allan Couper Robertson

Number    Sergeant 354

Battalion      8th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Port Albert 

Next of Kin   His father, David Robertson of Bena,

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 25/8/1914

Physical details on enlistment   Age 23 years 5 months, 5’10” 11 stone, grey eyes and fair hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Nieppe Wood on 14/4/1918. He was an Anzac and fought continuously until his death in 1918.

Location of grave or memorial

Alan was buried in Nieppe Bois Cemetery La Rue du Bois France.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

As a past student of Leongatha State School

Military History 

  • He attended Leongatha State School
  • 25/8/14 He enlisted in Leongatha
  • 19/10/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Benella
  • 8/5/15 He became Corporal
  • 7/8/15 He was wounded in the head and hand at Gallipoli
  • He went to Alexandria and then embarked for England on 19/8/15
  • He returned to Egypt
  • 26/5/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 31/5/16 He disembarked in Marseilles
  • 19/12/16 He was in the 1st London General Hospital
  • He went on a furlough
  • 12/3/17 He was in trouble
  • 26/6/17 He went back to France
  • 20/7/17 He rejoined his Battalion
  • 24/7/17 He was sick in hospital
  • 30/9/17 He rejoined his unit
  • 28/10/17 He became a Temporary Sergeant
  • 27/11/17 He became a Sergeant
  • 14/4/18 He was killed in action
  • The army received a letter from Miss A H Robertson “Gowrie Park” Bena stating that their father had died
  • His effects were a metal watch (damaged) and strap, letters, cards and a testament
  • Howard Robertson received the medals for both brothers. His brother was Roy Robertson No 3128

 The Victoria Cross issue

He was believed to have been recommended for a Victoria Cross

  • On page 38 of his file a letter states that the commanding officer recommended him for a VC. Page 42 and 59 have other letters.

There appears to have been no application for Victoria Cross

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