Corporal Robert Edmund Antill
|Also Known as:||Robert Edmond|
|Birth place:||United Kingdom: England, London|
|Death date:||05 July 1917|
|Service number:||1228 - First World War, 1914-1918|
|Unit:||14th Australian Infantry Battalion|
Robert Edmond Antill was born in England at Islington, London. He was educated at Belmont Road School in Tottenham and worked as a cabinetmaker. Antill left London on 28 June 1913 at the age of 16. His mother and father, Josh and Alice Antill, stayed in Lancashire and London.
He lived in Windsor, Melbourne prior to the outbreak of the First World War and celebrated his 17th birthday aboard the Norseman. He spent his 18th birthday in Australia, his 19th fighting at Gallipoli and his 20th birthday on the Western Front. Antill was killed in action at Ploegsteert, Belgium on 5 July 1917 while serving with the 14th Infantry Battalion and died a fortnight before his 21st birthday. He had enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on the 9 October 1914 and misreported his age as 22. Robert Antill is buried at Mud Corner Cemetery, Hainaut in Belgium.
Rolls and Awards
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of Death: 05 July 1917
- Unit: 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
- Rank: Private
- Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914
- Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Letters relating to the First World War service of 1228 Corporal Robert Edmund Antill, 14 Battalion. The letters were written by Robert Antill to his parents between 5 January 1916 and 31 December 1916. In the letters, Antill articulates his desire to return to the front and relays the results of...
Collection relating to the First World War service of 1228 Corporal Robert Edmund Antill, 14 Battalion, Gallipoli, Egypt and France, 1914-1917. Collection consists of over ninety letters written by Corporal Antill while on active service, to his parents in London; several studio portraits of...
Maker: Antill, Robert Edmund
|Date of birth||1897|
|Date of embarkation||1914-12-22|
|Date of death||1917-07-05|