Robson, Walter Shepherd (3245)
Place of Birth: Fitzroy, VIC
Age: 18 years 6 months
Enlistment Details: Thursday, 15 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC
Service Number: 3245 view online service record
4 Clifford Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Next of Kin:
Agnes Robson (mother)
39 Albert Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Date: Friday, 26 November 1915
Ship: HMAT Commonwealth A73
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion – 7th Reinforcements
DOW: Monday, 24 July 1916
NOK address at Embarkation: 1 Roy St, South Melbourne
Corporal, 8 Infantry, died of wounds, 24 August, 1918, France, aged 21, commemorated Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Parents: Charles and Agnes ROBSON, born North Fitzroy, educated Albert Park SS, 29 Finley Street. Robson enlisted as an 18-year-old factory hand from 4 Clifford Street, Port Melbourne mother shown at 1 Roy Street (corner of Park Street), South Melbourne, later in Fitzroy; father listed “undesirable”. Robson died from multiple shell wounds at the 55th Casualty Clearing Station. Mother returned the circular from North Fitzroy nominating Port Melbourne as her late son’s place of association.
Additional research by Brian Membrey
A strange case – despite Robson’s father being declared “undesirable” and accused of deserting the child when he was three months of age, he placed what appears to be the only Death Notice, suggesting he must have been in some contact with his son and was possibly even living in the same street as Walter’s mother as she was originally shown at 59 Albert Street, Port melbourne before moving to Roy Street (now the southern section of King’s Way …
ROBSON.— In loving memory of Corporal Walter S. Robson, 6th Battalion, who died of wounds at 55th Clearing Station on the 24th August, dearly loved youngest son of Charles Robson, and loved brother of Edgar, aged 21 years. At rest.
There is a link, dear Wally, death cannot sever,
For love and 1 remembrance will live for ever.
Inserted by his sorrowing father and brother, Charles and Edgar Robson, 23 Albert-street, Port Melbourne.