Robert Harris

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First name: Robert

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Last name: Harris

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Private Robert Harris, a schoolteacher from Glen Innes, N.S.W. embarked from Sydney aged 20 on HMAT A35 Berrima, 19 Aug. 1914, and served with the Machine Gun Section, 2nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry Forces. He saw action in New Guinea, France and at Gallipoli. He was promoted to Lance Corporal 1 Oct. 1914, received officer training in England Oct. 1917-June 1918 and was attached to machine gun sections of the 9th, 11th and 12th Battalions. Harris was wounded Sept. 1918, recuperated in England and returned to France Dec. 1918. He returned to Australia on the Katoomba, Sept. 1919

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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