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Robert William Jones was born in Creswick and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 5th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement on 19 April 1915 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915. On November 3rd he joined the 5th Battalion at Lemnos for the final weeks of the Gallipoli campaign. In January 1916 he reached Alexandria in Egypt where, in March, he was transferred to the 46th Battalion. For the next few months he experienced a series of health issues including heat stroke, tonsillitis and ametropia (defective eyesight). It was then decided he should return to Australia, and he disembarked from the Clan MacGillivray at Melbourne in August 1916. He was discharged a short time later as æmedically unfit – neurasthenia and loss of power left arm'.
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