Robert Deckhardt

AWM memorial panel 135

Robert Deckhardt
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 24 June 1916, p. 27

Robert Deckhart is second from the left standing at the brick wall
AWM Image E00117

Born 1888

Place Holm, Lublin, Poland

Ethnic origin German / Polish?

Religion Roman Catholic

Arrived at Australia
on 17.11.1912
per Natal Transport
disembarked at Bunbury, WA (deserted)

Residence before enlistment Gladstone, Qld

Occupation Fireman

Service 1
enlisted 1914
discharged 1914

Service 2
service number 313
enlisted 6.11.1915
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 42nd Battalion
rank Private, Lance Corporal
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate KIA 12.10.1917
memorial 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium


Digitised service records (NAA)

Application to enlist in the AIF (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Roll of Honour (AWM)

Armentieres, France. January 1917. The 42nd Battalion, just out of the line, washing the mud off their gum boots. E00117 (AWM)

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Anzac Diversity, educational resource (AWM)

Chas Harris' memoirs at Digger History

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Robert Deckhardt, a former ship's fireman, had no living relatives to put down as next of kin when enlisting; but, while serving in the 42nd Battalion, he became friends with a Corporal Corry. Deckhardt made his will out in Corry's favour, even though there were several other Russians in his battalion (including Alexis Tupicoff). Deckhardt was killed at Ypres and his effects -- several books, letters and photos -- were sent to Corry, who had already left the army and was living at a station near Gympie.