David Groundwater ROBERTSON #537
David Groundwater ROBERTSON, 9th & 7th Infantry Battalions.
Like thousands of other Australian soldiers, Corporal Robertson contracted VD from prostitutes in Egypt and was returned to Australia. After receiving medical treatment he was allowed to return to active service, but this time was assigned to the 7th Battalion's A Company.
Now a Private, Robertson joined his new unit on Gallipoli on 5 August 1915 where they were fighting at Bridges Road. Three days later as the Battalion was detailed to relieve units in the firing line at Lone Pine they experienced heavy resistance and many men were injured or killed, including Private Robertson.
Robertson received a gun shot wound to his left arm and was initially evacuated to hospital on the island of Malta before being transported to England and an extensive stay at the 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill.
His arm healed but there was partial paralysis of his right hand, which never returned to normal.
Described as an insane alcoholic David Robertson was admitted to the Mental Hospital Asylum, Goodna in 1923 and remained an inmate there for many years, he had many returned soldiers as his companions; he died in 1962.
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- Service record: ROBERTSON, David Groundwater
- Repatriation record: ROBERTSON, David Groundwater
- Image 1. The Queenslander Pictorial 24 Oct 1914
- Image 2. 31166 Warnes Family collection