George ROBEY #530
Sergeant George ROBEY, 9th Infantry Battalion.
The 9th Battalion were part of the landing in the early hours of 25th April 1915 at Anzac Cove. Robey's selfless actions during this operation were rewarded with the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was put forward after a report by Major Alfred George Salisbury ...
"Private Robey, on 25th April, swam back to one of the boats under a heavy fire, and carried into safety a wounded comrade who was left in the boat, otherwise empty."
Several weeks later he wrote to his parents about the landing but he made no mention of his gallantry.
"The Turks opened a murderous fire on us. We were 200 yards from the beach, when the boats began to fill up because of holes made by the bullets ... It is 10 days since we landed and it seems 10 years ... I was put to work building a sandbag shelter for the wounded. They were actually being shot again and again while lying in the stretchers."
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant George Robey returned to Australia where he was discharged in March 1919.
Read more ...
- Service record: ROBEY, George Horace Townsend
- Embarkation roll
- Distinguished Conduct Medal, 3 June 1915
- Mentioned in Despatches, 5 August 1915
- 'First to land' Darling Downs Gazette, 28 July 1915 p6
- 'Death of Mr G.H.T. Robey' Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March 1940 p13
- Image 1. The Queenslander Pictorial, 17 October 1914
- Image 2. 31166 Warnes Family collection