Pompey ROBERTS #56924

Indigenous Australian, Pompey Roberts, 11th Light Horse Regiment.

He trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera before embarking on the troopship Wiltshire from Sydney in June 1918, initially assigned to the 3rd General Reinforcements.

When he arrived at the Port of Suez he was admitted to hospital with influenza, then after further training with the Light Horse Training Battalion he was transferred to the 11th Light Horse Regiment and joined them near Damascus where they were deployed at Khuan Kusseir, 28 October 1918.

Very soon after the allies agreed to an armistice with Turkey, and the 11th Light Horse received the news as they were encamped at Homs, Palestine.

Trooper Roberts remained with his Regiment throughout 1918 and also when they were included assigned to garrison duty during the Egyptian rebellion early in 1919. He returned to Australia in March that year.

Life for Pompey Roberts was not easy when he returned home, there are several reports of him being arrested and fined for drunkenness and other offences, eventually in 1950 he was sentenced to 4 years jail for attempted murder. He died age 77.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump

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