Robert harry applin
Private Robert Harry Applin
Born in Hertfordshire, England, Robert Harry Applin emigrated to Australia at the age of 16 and settled with his family near Nyabing, WA, where he enlisted on 19 October 1916. He was killed in action on 12 October 1917, aged 21, in France and is commemorated on panel 145 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.
The photograph below is from an Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau file. The Bureau, which commenced operation in October 1915, sought to identify, investigate and respond to enquiries made regarding the fate of Australian personnel.
It investigated the majority of personnel posted as wounded and missing on official Army lists, as well as written enquiries from concerned relatives and friends. Approximately 32,000 individual case files were opened for Australian personnel who were reported as wounded or missing during the First World War.
The Bureau employed searchers to operate both at the front and in Britain. They searched official lists of wounded and missing, interviewed comrades of missing soldiers in hospitals and wrote to men on active service. Altogether 400,000 responses were sent back to those who placed enquiries with the Bureau.
Visit his Australian War Memorial entry, his Honouring ANZACS entry and his Red Cross Missing and Wounded file using the links below…
|Death Date||12 October 1917|
|Service||Australian Imperial Force|
|Conflict/Operation||First World War, 1914-1918|