CSM
Robert Ernest Power

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
19/05/1887
Lieu de naissance:
Gormandale, Victoria, Australia

Informations générales

Profession:
Farm Labourer

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Australia
Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Company Sergeant Major
Numéro de service:
512
Incorporation date:
15/02/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Unités:
 —  Australian Infantry, 37th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
04/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Thames Farm, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
30

Mémorial

Distinctions et médailles 1

British War Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 1

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Mon histoire

Robert Ernest Power was a 30-year-old farm labourer from Gormandale, Victoria, who fell during the Battle of Passchendaele. In February 1916 Robert had enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. He quickly rose through the ranks. By October 1917 he served as a Company Sergeant Major with the 37th Battalion Australian Infantry, part of the 10th Brigade, of the 3rd Australian Division.

On 4 October 1917 the 37th Battalion participated in the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase of the Battle of Passchendaele. The Battalion was formed up just North of what used to be the village of Zonnebeke. It took up positions roughly between Dochy Farm and Levi Cottages and was to advance through Judah House, Springfield, Seine and Beecham towards Tyne Cot.

At 5.30 a.m., moments before the attack, the German artillery put down a heavy barrage on the support and assembly lines. The German shelling was part of a preliminary barrage. Both German and allied high command had chosen the same day to launch an attack, unaware that the opposite party was having the same plan.

At 6 a.m. the allied barrage came crashing down, just when the Germans were massing in their frontline. The German infantry was completely taken by surprise. The stunned Germans who survived the shelling were killed by the advancing Australians or were taken prisoners. Once the leading companies reached their first objective, some 400 Germans had already been taken prisoner and a total of eight pill-boxes and dug-outs had been captured. All objectives were captured by 7.15 a.m., only one hour and fifteen minutes after the attack had started. During the day the Battalion consolidated the captured positions and started reorganizing. Although the attack had been a success, the 37th Battalion had suffered a total of 208 casualties. Seven officers were wounded. Forty-seven other ranks were killed, two men went missing and 152 other ranks were wounded.

Company Sergeant Major Robert Ernest Power was killed in action during the attack on the Broodseinde Ridge. According to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing File, Robert was hit by a shell and buried close to where he fell. There is no exact information, on the location of Robert’s grave, tough an enquiry attached to his service Record determined Robert must have been buried along the Ypres-Roulers Railroad in the Thames area. His remains were never identified and Robert is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 110-114.
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AIF-Project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au
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Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1655010
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1600425/power,-robert-ernest/
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Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/NameSearch.aspx
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The Long, Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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