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Robert Mitchell was born in Kent, England and was a Motor Driver living in Ballarat when he enlisted in the February 1917 Reinforcements as a 2nd Air Mechanic on 28 August 1916 at the age of 26. He trained with the Medical Corps at Royal Park and the No.5 Infectious Diseases Hospital at Glenroy before transferring to the Australian Flying Corps at Laverton. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917. For a short period he was posted to the 69th Squadron AFC in France but returned to the 6th Training Squadron at Wendover in England. Illness forced him to hospital at Bulford for the final month of the war. He returned to Australia on the Kaiser-i-Hind and disembarked at Melbourne on June 16th 1919.
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