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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Labourer (mining) by occupation, Robert Alexander Carling was 44 years and married when enlisted on the 10th of May 1916 in the 39th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 2050. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 'Shropshire' on the 25th of September 1916. Marched out to 10th training Battalion from No. 3 Com Depot, Woolwich; proceeding overseas France per 'Princess Victoria' Folkstone; marched into No. 2 Com Depot Weymouth from France on the 28th of May 1917. Embarked for return to Australia per H.T. 'Port Lyttleton' on the 19th of October 1917. Disembarked on the 15th of December 1917. Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 19th of January 1918. Tree No. 2391