Robert Arthur Sloan enlisted on 17 January, 1917 in the 13 Infantry Battalion (24-26 Reinforcement) February 1917 – March 1917, and embarked at Sydney on 7th February 1917 on board HMAT “Wiltshire” A18. He was 24 years old at the time, single and working as a labourer. His service number is 7315. He gave his address as Jersey Rd, Wentworthville and named his father, R. Sloan of the same address, as his next of kin. He was Presbyterian. Red Cross records report that during active service at Villers Bretonneux he received machine gun wounds to the right arm, right leg and abdomen, while another account describes a shell bursting, wounding him and killing nine others. The report confirms that he died of his wounds on 18 September, 1918, and was buried at the British Military Cemetery at Brie on the 19 September.He was Lance Corporal.


Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2016