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First World War, 1914-1918
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Portrait of 3025 Private (Pte) Robert John Geisler, 50th Battalion from Mount Pleasant, South ...
Portrait of 3025 Private (Pte) Robert John Geisler, 50th Battalion from Mount Pleasant, South Australia. A 20 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 16 June 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 10th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 14 September 1915 aboard HMAT Ballarat. After transferring to the 50th Battalion in Egypt on 27 February 1916, he went with them to France in June 1916. He was wounded in action near Albert, France on 14 August 1916 but re-joined his battalion two days later. In November 1916 he was taken ill and evacuated to England for medical treatment. After recovering and undergoing further training, he returned to his unit on 2 July 1917. Pte Geisler was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, France on 25 April 1918 and buried near where he fell. After the war his grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux with others who have no known grave.