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Hipper, Robert George Murray (61620)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 18 years

Enlistment Details: Friday, 21 September 1917 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 61620 view online service record

32 Stanhope Street
Malvern, VIC

Next of Kin:
Sidney John Hipper (father)
32 Stanhope Street
Malvern, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Saturday, 31 August 1918
Ship: HMAT Barambah A37
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 12th (Vic) Reinforcements

RTA: Thursday, 9 October 1919
DISC: Saturday, 29 November 1919

Robert first enlisted on his 18th birthday, 21 September 1917 listing his father, Sidney John Hipper as next of kin and his address as 32 Stanhope Street, West Malvern however at his medical examination he was assessed as having a weak spine and poor physique. Just over two weeks later, on 9 October 1917, Robert re-enlisted this time listing his mother, Matilda, as next of kin. He was declared fit for Home Service and served with the 3rd District Guard until he was discharged on 18 March 1918 hoping to enlist for Active Service but his application the following day was cancelled as he was still assessed as medically unfit. By this time the family were living at 10 Tennyson Street, Caulfield. Robert enlisted again on 24 April 1918, and was declared fit for Home Service. He was promoted to Lance-Corporal on 7 May 1918 and subsequently declared fit for Active Service and discharged so that he could re-enlist in the AIF which he did on 17 June 1918. He finally embarked for Europe on 31 August 1918 with the 12th Victorian Reinforcements. He served overseas until sailing from England onboard HMAT Ajana A31 on 19 August 1919 to return to Australia. He was finally discharged on 29 November 1919.

Brother: John Douglas Hipper

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