No.2272 David Thomas Roberts
David Thomas Roberts enlisted twice. The first enlistment was at Melbourne Town Hall, in July 1915. Whilst still in training, he was admitted to hospital for influenza and later a mental condition – quite likely epilepsy. He was received treatment at Ascot Vale and was discharged as medically unit on 22 February 1916.
David enlisted a second time on 10 June 1916 in Melbourne. His enlistment papers describe him as: 5 feet 2 ½ inches in height, 129 pounds in weight with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and auburn hair. His religion was noted as Methodist.
David Roberts embarked on 20 October 1916, as part of the 37th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement, aboard HMAT A17 Port Lincoln.
On 3 October 1917, while in France, he suffered minor gunshot wounds to his left thigh and right hand. After receiving treatment both in the field and in England, David Roberts was returned to Australia in July 1918, where he was discharged medically unfit, due to melancholia.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia