The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Haldane
First Name:
Robert William
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8433
Company:
‘B’ Company, 9 Platoon
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
28.03.1923
Place of Birth:
Broome, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Haldane
Mothers's Name:
Charlotte Esther Haldane
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Presbyterian Cemetery, Botany Sydney, Section B, Grave 473, Age 18.
Cause of Death:
Drowning
Place of Death:
Sydney Harbour, drowned after falling between ship and wharf.
Date of Death:
9.01.1942

General Description

A court of inquiry was held at Sydney on board HMT “PA” (Aquitania) on 9.1.1942 inquiring into absence of WX8433 Pte. Haldane, following  receipt of a report that a member of the ship’s complement had fallen overboard. The court found that WX8433 Pte. Haldane. W. was a member of ‘B’ Company 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion A.l.F. and was absent from Company muster parade at 06.30 Hours on 9.1.1942 and was still absent. A search had been made of unit area but Pte. Haldane was not sighted on the ship. In view of the evidence of Pte. Grundy and Pte. Gossage had been taken. (Pte. Haldane had spoken to members of the Battalion and it was thought that Pte. Haldane did not appear to be in an intoxicated state). The court considered that the evidence submitted indicated a connection between the absence of Pte. Haldane and the reported disappearance overboard of a member of the ship’s complement. The Funeral service was conducted by Reverend G.W. McAlpine.

EPSON MFP image
Bob Haldane
EPSON MFP image
Bob Haldane

 

Robert Haldane - Darwin
Robert Haldane – Darwin

 

at back F Dorrington back row: J Gregory, L O'neil, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker
at back F Dorrington
back row: J Gregory, L O’neil, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle
front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker.

 

Robert Haldane’s father served in WW1.  Service No. 1550 he was with 11th Battalion 1914-1918.

HALDANE, Private, WILLIAM, WX8433, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 9 January 1942. Age 22. Son of William and Charlotte Esther Haldane, of Marble Bar. Grave Ref. Presbyterian Plot. Sec. B. Grave 473.

 

 

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