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35th BATTALION A.I.F.

Sergeant: 768 Robert Stevenson DICK. M.M.


Born: 1885. Glasgow Scotland.

Married: 1905. Minmi, New South Wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:1771/1905.

Wife: Christina M Dick. nee: Archibald.

Died: 1960. Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:14644/1960.


Father: David Livingston Dick.

Mother: Elizabeth Dick. nee:


INFORMATION

Robert Stevenson Dick enlisted in the AIF on the 29th November and was alloced to C Company 35th Battalion AIF when the Battalion was raised in January 1916 and embarked from Sydney onboard HMAT A24 "Benalla" on the 1st May 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth England on the 9th July 1916. He was marched with the Battalion to the Durrington Army Camp at Lark Hill and commenced training with the 9th Training Battalion. Robert was promoted to Lance Corporal in camp on the 7th of September and proceeded overseas for France on the 21st of November 1916.

Robert was promoted to Corporal in the field on the 30th November 1916 and again to Sergeant on the 10th December 1917 when Sergeant: 914 Francis James SHEEDY. was promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant.

WARNETON

1st March 1918.

Working Parties were today reduced to 100. The day was overcast.

2nd March 1918.

"C and D" Coys moved from Catacombes to new quarters in vicinity of Prowse Point. The day was cold and a little snow fell during the afternoon.

3rd March 1918.

Day working parties as usual. Night parties cancelled owing to 9th Brigade Raid. Raid on Warneton Sector. 11:45pm Zero Hour The 300 raiders including 4 officers and 75 other ranks from this Battalion. The operation was a success. One Officer and 10 other ranks (Bosch) were brought in, and it was estimated that 50 dead Bosch were left in the lines. Much damage was done to the trenches and all objectives were reached. The raiders remained in enemy lines for 35 minutes. Very little resistance of any kind was encountered. Our casualties were; Killed 2 other ranks. Missing; 1 Officer. Wounded 1 Officer and 18 other ranks. Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander MILNE D.S.O. 36th Battalion was Officer in charge of raid.

4th March 1918.

Very Misty day and visibility bad. Very quiet.

5th March 1918.

A Raid simular to the one of the night March 3rd was carried out this morning. 12:50am Zero Hour. The numbers were the same as the previous raid, but more resistance was encountered from the enemy posts. The operation was a success. Two prisoners were taken , but raiders estimated that 40 dead Bosch were left in the lines. Our casualties were - Killed. 1 Officer Captain: 717 Benjamin Greenup BRODIE (34th Battalion) 3 other ranks. Wounded. 1 Officer 21 other ranks. The following decorating for conspicuous bravery during raid on the night of March 3rd were published today. The Military Medal to Sergeant: Hugh Jospep MCALARY  Sergeant: Robert Stevenson DICK   Private: 2075 Alec GARDINER.

35th Battalion War Diary

5th March 1918.

MILITARY MEDAL

Sergeant: Robert Stevenson DICK 35th Battalion AIF. "for conspicuous gallantry and initiative on night of 3rd/4th March 1918 during raid on enemy trenches in vicinity of WARNETON. This N.C.O. was a member of a communication trench storming party, and led his men with great dash, clearing the trench and personally killing three enemy. He climbed the parapet alone and bombed a group of the enemy holding up one of our parties succeding in dispersing them. He also carried a wounded mate back to our trenches. During the whole action he exhibited the greatest bravery, and was a fine example to his men".

London Gazette 25th April 1918. Page 5037 Position 16.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7th August 1918. Page 1657 Position 52.

MILITARY MEDAL

Sergeant: Hugh Jospep MCALARY 35th Battalion AIF. "For gallant service and devotion to duty on night of 3rd/4th March 1918 during raid on enemy trenches in vicinity of WARNETON. He was in charge of right support line storming party, personally leading his men throughout the operation. He showed excellent leadership was exceedingly courageous, and a fine inspiration to his men".

London Gazette 25th April 1918. Page 5037 Position 29.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7th August 1918. Page 1657 Position 65.

MILITARY MEDAL

Private: Herbert Francis HOLMES. 35th Battalion AIF. "For conspicuous and gallant service on night of 3rd/4th March 1918 during raid on enemy trenches in vicinity of WARNETON. He bombed a machine Gunteam and materially assisted in capturing the Gun. He took over the duties of a wounded bayonet man, and cleared the remainder of the trench. Private HOLMES was exceedingly courageous and performed excellent work"

London Gazette 25th April 1918. Page 5037 Position 23.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7th August 1918. Page 1657 Position 59.

Robert was with C Company No:1 Platoon when he was Wounded in Action on the 2nd June 1918 and was treated by the 4th Australian Field Ambulance in the field for a Toes Amputated on his Left Foot.

24th June 1918.

Informant: Sergent: 768 Robert Stevenson DICK.  "Lieutenant: 1124 William Henry GLOSSOP. M.M. was my Platoon Officer. He was Killed by our own shells which were falling short during a raid. The raid itself was successful as we held the ground and captured 200 men. Lieutenant: 1124 William Henry GLOSSOP'S body was brought back and buried at Mourlincourt to the left of Corbie."

Horton (County of London) War Hospital, Epson England.

Informant: Sergent: 768 Robert Stevenson DICK.   Sergeant: 880 Herbert Ephriam PARKINSON. "was leading a small party when a shell fell just in front of him and blew him to bits; in all the shell killed four men. A friend on mine named ANDERSON was just behind him and saw it happen. This was opposite Passchendaele on October 12th 1917.

Horton (County of London) War Hospital, Epson England.

Robert was discharged and transfered on the 2nd August and granted furlo from the 9th August until the 23rd of August where he reported to No:2 Command Depot and embarked for Australia on the 19th October 1918.

Family Information

Robert was a married 31 year old Coal Miner from Rawson Street, Kurri Kurri, N.S.W.

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

Under Construction; 28/05/2014.

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