Robert is remembered on the war memorial at Springfield School, Ipswich.


Born: 1894, Bramford Road, All Saint’s, Ipswich.

Died: 20th September 1917; age: 23; Died of Wounds.

Residence: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Location: Toowoomba, Queensland; Date: 27th April 1915; age: 21 years & 3 months; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of the War + 4 months. Next of Kin: father – John Laws, of Sproughton Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 9 1/4ins, dark complexion, brown eyes & black hair.



Embarked at Queensland per H.MA.T. ‘Aeneas’ – 29th June 1915

Admitted Hospital Ship ‘Soudan’ – varicocele – 13th October 1915

Proceeded to join M.E.F. at Gallipoli – Alexandria – 1st November 1915

Disembarked Mudros – 9th January 1916

Transferred to Camel Corps – Tel El Kebir – 30th January 1916

Camel Corps – taken on strength – Abbassia – 1st February 1916

Transferred to Base Hospital – Matruh – 10th June 1916

24th Casualty Clearing Station – transferred to H.M.H.S. ‘Rasheed’ – Nasal Polypus – Alexandria – 13th June 1916

21st General Hospital – transferred to No. 3 A.G.H. Cairo – 15th June 1916

No. 3 A.G.H. – admitted – Nasal trouble – Abbassia 15th June 1916

Transferred to Hospital Ship for England – 24th June 1916

Embarked H.M.H.S. ‘Maheno’ for England – Alexandria – 24th June 1916

3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth – admitted Turbinates – 3rd July 1916

Discharged 18th July 1916

Marched into 7th Training Battalion, Command Depot, Rollestone – 9th August 1916

Proceeded overseas – France – 15th September 1916

2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot Admitted from England – Etaples – 17th September 1916

2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot – proceeded to join Unit – Etaples – 24th September 1916

26th Battalion – returned to Unit – France – 25th September 1916

26th Battalion – sore feet – to Field Ambulance – France – 20th November 1916

5th Australian Field Ambulance – admitted & transferred to Corps Rest Station – 20th November 1916

26th Battalion – rejoined Unit – 23rd November 1916

26th Battalion – temporary attached to 7th Machine Gun Company – France – 13th December 1916

7th Machine Gun Company – proceeded to England on Leave – Belgium – 31st August 1917

7th Machine Gun Company – rejoined from English Leave – Belgium – 13th September 1917

7th Machine Gun Company – wounded in action  – Belgium – 20th September 1917.

7th Machine Gun Company – Died of Wounds – Belgium – 20th September 1917.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 1524.

Regiment: Machine Gun Company,  Australian Infantry Force, 26th Battalion, ‘B’ Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 7-17-23-25-27-29-31.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Alice Emma Laws, of Boss Hall Far, Sproughton Road, Ipswich.




1901   Boss Hall Cottage, Sproughton, Suffolk.


Robert was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Laws, 40, a Farm Bailiff, born Sproughton.

Alice Emma Laws (nee Laflin), 38, born Ringshall, Suffolk.

Harry Archibald Laws, 14, born Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Malcolm Willie Laws, 12, born Ipswich.

George Ernest Laws, 11, born Ipswich.

Constance Evelyn Laws, 9, born Ipswich.

Cecil Edward Laws, 1, born Boss Hall Farm, Ipswich.


1911   Boss Hall, Sproughton, Suffolk.


Robert was 17 years old, a Warehouse Man. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 50, a Farm Bailiff.

Alice, 48.

Harry, a Courier.

Cecil, 11.

Dorothy Elsie Laws, 9, born Boss Hall Farm, Ipswich.


Robert attended Springfield School, Ipswich.


On the 8th November 1913, 19 year old, Robert arrived at the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia. He had departed from the Port of Liverpool, and sailed on the S.S.’Zeelandia’ of the White Star Line.


Robert wrote and signed his Will on the 10th June 1917. His Will, property & effects to father – John Laws.

Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper,

Robert and George are also remembered on the war memorial at All Saint’s Church, Sproughton, Suffolk, and on their paternal grandparents & parents headstones at All Saint’s Churchyard, Sproughton.

26th Australian Infantry Battalion

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