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Robert Edmund Tait (SN 28327) was born in Geelong, but enlisted in Melbourne in May 1916. The 24 year old unmarried watchmaker embarked from Melbourne aboard the Ulysses in October and in May 1917 was serving in France as a bombardier with the 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade. In October he was wounded in action (gassed) and was evacuated to England where he died on November 4th 1918 in Graylingwell War Hospital from influenza, secondary pneumonia and cardiac failure. He is buried in Chichester Cemetery, Sussex.
His brother Lawrence also served in the AIF and is honoured with a tree in the Avenue.