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Robert Macmichael

3491, Lance Sergeant Robert Macmichael

12th Battalion AIF

52nd Battalion AIF

Killed in Action – 28th March 1917

Australian War Memorial:

Studio portrait of 3491 Acting Corporal (A/Cpl) Robert MacMichael, 11th Reinforcements, 12th Battalion, of Launceston, Tas. Prior to hid enlistment on 1 August 1915 in the AIF, he served with the 92nd Infantry, Citizens Military Forces. A/Cpl MacMichael embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ascanius on 10 November 1915. He was killed in action on 28 March 1917 in France, whilst serving with the 52nd Battalion.


ADFA Database

National Archives – Service Record

Australian War Graves

Further Reading – 12th Battalion

Further Reading – 52nd Battalion

Picture Source – Trove

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  1. Lee Milne

    Would like to find out more about Robert Macmichael. Does anyone know who his parents were? When he enlisted he was living with his uncle, W.H.Watts, 80 Margaret Street, Launceston. I am researching the Macmichael family in Tasmania and Australia and would welcome any contact with others who are like minded.
    I am the great-great-great granddaughter of William Thompson Macmichael, auctioneer in Hobart. One of three brothers who came out from Bridgnorth,Shropshire, England. Other two brothers were, Robert Henry and Arthur Wellington Macmichael.

    • terese

      Hi Lee
      I am a descendant of W T MacMichael – g-g-g granddaughter also. Conincidcentally I work across the road from St DAvids Park where he was buried. I have done quite a bit of research also ansd would love to compare notes


      • Lee Milne

        Hi Terese,
        sorry, I haven’t been back to see your reply on anzacsonline. I would like to swap information on the family, so contact me: jpdlmilne@yahoo.com.au
        My grandmother was Pearl Macmichael, great grand-daughter of W.T. Macmichael.

  2. John Wadsley

    Hi there,
    I saw you had an interest in Robert Macmichael on anzacs online. He served in the same battalion as my great uncle, Len Wadsley (52nd Battalion). Did you ever find any descendants of his?? If so please can you give me their details as I am researching the 52nd and the Tasmanians who served.

    • Hi John I am sure you can appreciate that Anzacs Online is a massive project, one of which I just keep adding to when I get time. It is something which will keep me busy in retirement. I will approve this comment for anyone else interested in the 52nd Bn and you never know who may respond to your comments. I have no other info on him at this time. I am always looking for people to forward me short bios of the soldiers on this site, so if you want to do one for Robert MACMICHAEL, then I will gladly add it.

    • Hi John,
      no, I haven’t found out who his parents were yet. But have another in the family, George Clarence Garlick, who, when he died in France was with the 52nd Batt. My cousin has recently been given his Dead Man’s Penny that his family were sent when he died. There is a photo of him from the War Memorial.
      Lee (Richmond, Tas)

      • Dulcie Henderson

        My husband’s grandfather Henry John Garlick born 1879 is a brother of George Clarence Garlick. Parents John Garlick and Eliza King.

        • Hi Dulcie,
          I have just seen your comment. I am leaving for a six week holiday next Wednesday but would like to contact you when I return in early August. My email is: jpdlmilne@yahoo.com.au. Would like to know if you have any old family photos.
          Look forward to meeting you,

        • Wayne Garlick

          hi there

          George Clarence Garlick is my grandfather’s brother
          I have the family history.
          If I can help in anyway please contact me

          • Dulcie Henderson

            Hi Wayne, I’ve just been doing some backtracking and can’t recall if I got back to you. ? Was Leslie Raymond Garlick your Grandfather ?
            I have posted all my husband’s Tasmanian family on WikiTree and if you are interested in joining up (it really is free), you would just need to give me basic info about yourself, no need for date of birth, your first and last names would do, and email address and I could forward you an invitation. You can take it from there, or not, it’s up to you.
            Regards Dulcie Henderson.

        • Wayne Garlick

          George Clarence Garlick. Parents are John Garlick and Eliza King.

  3. John,
    just re-read his service papers. He was born in Melbourne and his parents died when he was a child, so his uncle William Horance Watt was also his foster father. He enlisted at Claremont. He is buried at the Queant Road British Cemetery near Cambrai. Service #3491. A coach smither by trade.
    Another Tasmanian in the 52nd Batt. between19 Sep 1917 to 15 May 1918, was my great-grandfather, William Nicholas Macmichael.
    Hope this helps,

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