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Colvin, Robert (1894–1925)

The announcement of the death of Lieutenant Robert Colvin, M.C. of Rockhampton, which occurred at the Corinda Military Hospital, Brisbane, on March 9 was received with deep regret by his many friends here (writes our Rockhampton correspondent) Lieutenant Colvin was born at Duaringa 31 years ago. When the war broke out he was among the first to enlist from Rockhampton with the Australian Imperial Forces. He left Australia with the 9th Battalion and took part in the memorable landing at Gallipoli. On its evacuation he proceeded to France. He received his commission for bravery in keeping the line of communication at Pozieres. For his distinguished services he was mentioned in despatches five times, and received the Military Cross. Lieutenant Colvin was the first Queenslander to receive this military decoration. The after effects of the war proved too much for him and he had to enter the Westwood Sanatorium, where he was for a considerable time. He afterwards went to the Repatriation Sanatorium at Stanthorpe and only a fortnight ago entered the Military Hospital at Corinda. He is survived by his widow who was formerly Miss Brackstone and his little daughter (aged 12 months).

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'Colvin, Robert (1894–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/colvin-robert-1573/text1637, accessed 29 May 2020.

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