Pte Gamble Robert James

  • Date of birth: 20/03/1884
  • Place of birth: Winton North, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of death: 08/10/1917
  • Place of death: Romulus Wood, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 33
  • Profession: Building Contractor
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 6055
  • Enlistment date: 09/09/1916
  • Enlistment place: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 24th Bn. (Victoria)
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force


Additional information

Private Robert James Gamble was born at Winton North on the 20th of March, 1884, so he was just
under thirty-four years of age, On the death of his father, some 14 years ago, he became the strong
arm upon which the bereaved mother could lean for help and advice.
For some time he worked as a carpenter in Mildura and other places and at last settled in Culcairn,
N.S.W. With three other members of the family he established the firm of Gamble Bros., builders and
contractors where they worked up a prosperous business and undertook many large and important
contracts. It was his ambition to become a qualified architect studying through a correspondence
school, and was in a fair wry to accomplish his purpose.
But first he enlisted the 9th of September 1916 as member of the 24th Battalion AIF, part of the 6th
Brigade of the 2nd Australian Division.
On 8th October 1917 the 24th battalion prepared for an attack early in the morning, near Zonnebeke
at Romulus Wood when a shell landed on a group of men amongst Robert James.
Witnesses reported he lived for 2 hours after being hit and was buried just behind the front.
His brother Clement Henry Gamble was killed in action, also at Passchendaele, on 4th October 1917.
A third brother, Sergeant Harvey Lewis Gamble was safely returned to Australia. Harvey was discharged before the end of the war as a result of a petition from the people of the Winton/Benalla district following the deaths of his two brothers in the same week in October 1917.
Following the Armistice his remains were exhumed and laid to rest in the Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, plot V, row A, grave 2.