Cameron Desaile Robertson

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First name: Cameron

Middle name: Desaile

Last name: Robertson

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Cameron Desaile Robertson, bookseller of Rozelle, New South Wales was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 Aug. 1914 aged 19 years and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A19 Afric, 18 Oct. 1914. He served with the Australian Army Service Corps and the 4th Pioneer Battalion, was present at the landing at Gallipoli and also served in Egypt and France. He was awarded the Military Cross for actions during operations near Gueudecourt Nov.-Dec. 1916 and hospitalised in England with trench fever Jan. 1918. He returned to Australia on the Kasir-a-Hind, Oct. 1918

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.
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