Britton, Robert Clark Miller

Last updated on 02-Jun-19

Robert Clark Miller Britton


179 ER/Cpl. Robert Clark Miller Britton was born on 23rd May 1891 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Patrick Britton and Margaret Jane Clark. He was a farmer in Scotland and was in the 7th Battalion Royal Scots for two years.


Robert departed London for Melbourne on 18th September 1912 on the S.S. Wilcannia.  In 1914 he was working as a laborer at Cowes for Tom Richardson.


He enlisted on 20th July 1915 in Melbourne with A Company, 29th Battalion and embarked on HMAT Ascaniuson 10th November 1915, disembarking at Suez on 7th December.


Robert was taken on strength with the 45th Battalion on 2nd April 1916 and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, ex Alexandria on 2nd June.

They disembarked at Marseilles on 8th June 1916.


The battalion fought in its first major battle at Pozieres in August 1916, defending ground previously captured by the 2nd Australian Division. After Pozieres the battalion spent the period until March 1917 alternating between duty in the trenches and training and rest behind the lines, first around Ypres in Belgium, and then in the Somme Valley in France. 


Robert was admitted to the 8th Australian Field Ambulance with pleurisy and embarked for England 26th Feb 1917.  He was admitted to the War Hospital, Reading on 27th February and was discharged from hospital for furlough on 11th May 1917.


He marched into No. 3 Com. Depot, Hurdcott on 26th May 1917 and proceeded overseas to France on 14th June and joined the 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre.He was classified PB, unfit for active service.


He embarked for Southampton, England on 25th June, fit for clerical or sedentary jobs.


Robert left England on 25th September 1919 for return to Australia on the Port Denison and was discharged medically unfit from the AIF at Melbourne on 28th February 1920 suffering from disorderly action of the heart.


He returned to Phillip Island to work again for Tom Richardson and was working as a laborer in Shepparton in 1925 and Homebush, New South Wales in 1930.  His last mention in the electoral roll was in 1943 at Homebush, working as an engineer.


Robert died on 5th January 1971 at St Leonards, New South Wales and was buried at the Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde.


Robert is commemorated on the Phillip Island RSL Book of Honour and the Phillip Island RSL Roll of Honour.