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William Robertson : 08-March-2013
William Robertson : 08-March-2013
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Plaque erected on grave in 2007 in memory of William Robertson, the first casualty of the Commonwealth Naval Force .

In February 1909, the Fisher Labour government ordered the building of three River Class destroyers in Scotland. As the most experienced and competent engineer in the Australian Navy, it was decided that William Robertson should benefit from being involved in the construction of HMS Yarra by Denny Brothers of Dumbarton. When the ship was returning to Australia , 8 miles south of Port Phillip Heads, Robertson fell overboard and was rescued but died from other health complications.

With the passing of the Naval Defence Act on 25 November 1910 thus creating the Commonwealth Naval Force, the death of Lieutenant-Engineer William Robertson marked the first casualty of what was later renamed the Royal Australian Navy in October 1911. He was buried with full military honours on Monday 12 December 1910.

Location

Address:261 North Road, Brighton Cemetery, Caulfield South, 3162
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.901303
Long: 145.020653
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Monument Designer:Historical Re-enactment Society

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:March, 2007
Front Inscription

ROBERTSON

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM GEORGE
BORN 13 JAN. 1854 DIED 10 DEC. 1910
FIRST CASUALTY COMMONWEALTH NAVAL FORCE (RAN) FORMED 25 NOV. 1910
DROWNED MAIDEN VOYAGE HMAS YARRA
 

WIFE LILY LAURA (NEE LOCKE) BORN 17 FEB. 1878 DIED 22 JAN. 1935

UNVEILED APRIL 2007
 

Source: MA
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