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Robert Arthur Wade was born in Bungaree, VIC and was a Bricklayer in Ballarat when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement on 15 July 1915 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 December 1915 as a reinforcement for the 14th Battalion. En route to Egypt, while taking part in a wheelbarrow race, he experienced sudden, intense chest pain. Consequently he was admitted to hospital on arrival at Cairo on February 3rd 1916, where cardiac illness was diagnosed. On March 30th he sailed from Suez on the Argyllshire to return to Australia. He was discharged on July 25th 1916 æmedically unfit – heart trouble'.
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