Betts, Robert Wye

(c. 1886 -1917)

War Service:
Gunner 3504 ROBERT WYE BETTS of 102 Howitzer Battery, 2nd Brigade, Australian Field Artillery. On 27 November 1914 he enlisted in the Australian army and sailed from Melbourne on the troopship SS Hessen on 2 February 1915. He came through the Gallipoli campaign unscathed and fought in France in 1916 and 1917. He died of wounds on 20 April 1917, aged 30.

He is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery near Bapaume.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and on the memorial at Lewisham United Reformed Church memorial.

He was born in Lewisham in the summer of 1886, the son of William and Henrietta Betts, of Paxford, Orpington. Robert attended Colfe’s Grammar School and on leaving school was apprenticed to a farmer in Gloucestershire. In 1908 he emigrated to Australia when he was 21 and worked as a fruit grower in Mildura, Victoria. At the time of enlistment his parents’ address was given as 18 Lewisham Park.

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