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Bacchus Marsh
Avenue of Honour

Private Robert Oliver

Service No.:
59th Battalion
Tree No.:
Planted by:
Miss Barbara Vance
Image of plaque on tree S196 for Robert Oliver
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Robert was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1897 to Charles Oliver and Clara Grace Mills. Robert had two brothers, Charles and Ernest (also KIA), who are also remembered in the Avenue.

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Robert was a printer's feeder and gave his address as Richmond, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 4th Reinforcements, 59th Battalion on the 11th of May 1916, aged almost 20 - he was still serving in the Senior Cadets at Clifton Hili and the permission of his guardian, John Mills, was given. He embarked aboard the HMAT A67 Orsova in August and disembarked at Plymouth, England in September.

Robert forfeited 38 days pay for overstaying his leave in October before joining his unit in France in December. At the end of March 1917 he was admitted to a Divisional Rest Station suffering from diarrhoea, then to hospital in Rouen, France, then invalided back to England and admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge, Birmingham and then transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital with enteritis - discharged in late May. Robert rejoined his unit in France in January 1918 but in April was wounded in action - penetrative gunshot wound to the head - and admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, France where he died two days later.

Robert was buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

He is listed on the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour.


  1. He was in the 59th Battalion

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Last updated by lee, Mon, 03 May 2021 15:08:00