Name: Thomas Robe


Birth Date: 1885 Where: Durham, England
Died: 19th May, 1918 Where: Ville-sur-Ancre, France
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, Western Australia Age: 30
Serial Number: 151 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,


Service Details:



25 February

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Wounded, Pozieres

26 March

1918                      Returned to Battalion, Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville-sur-Ancre

19 May

1918                      Killed in Action, Ville-sur-Ancre, France





Biographical Details:

Thomas Robe was born in South Shields, England, in 1883, the son of John Robinson Robe and Mary Ann Tilson, who had married in 1867.  Both Thomas and his father were working in the ship building trade in 1901, Thomas as a “Plater” and his father as a “Riveter”.
At some stage Thomas became a sailor, and travelled to Sydney on several occasions.  There is record of him arriving in Sydney on 22nd December 1914 on the “Colonial Empire”.  Presumably his ship then sailed to Western Australia where Thomas enlisted in the AIF on 27th February 1915. Interestingly his medical examination lists eight tattoos on his hands and forearms.
Thomas also gave a Fremantle address as his place of residence which, after his death, was refuted by the owner of that property when Thomas’s mother enquired about his pre-service effects.
Thomas was an early enlister in the AIF. He was attached to the No. 9 Depot Company before being transferred to the 28th Battalion when it was commissioned in April 1915. He trained at Blackboy Hill, on board the Asanius and then in Egypt before his Battalion was deployed at Gallipoli.
During the June Trench Raid Thomas was a designated Stretcher Bearer.  It was while serving as a stretcher bearer that he was wounded at Pozieres in August, 1916. He was initially admitted to the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France, and then transferred to England for treatment for Shell Shock.
While recovering in England Thomas was stationed at Perham Downs. While there Thomas was awarded 1 day FP No. 2 and forfeited 4 days pay for being AWL for a day. No reason was given for his absence.
Thomas was returned to France in March 1918.  Two months later he was killed, in action, at Mericourt. He was buried at Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension.
In September 1918 a Bertha White of Perth wrote to the AIF enclosing a copy of a Holograph Will left by Thomas.  The will specifically referred to Honours and made no mention of his personal effects or pension.
Thomas’s Service Medals and the Memorial Plaque and Scroll were presented to his mother.