Robert William Lack
Serial No. 2836
41st Battalion, Army Service Corps & 5th Australian Motor Transport Company
Robert William Lack - Information
Robert William Lack was born in Campbelltown in 1890. By the time the war started, he was living near Richmond Rivers with his mother, Janinia, and working as a labourer. He then travelled to Brisbane and enlisted in the AIF on the 21st of September 1916, aged 26. Robert trained at the 11th Depot Battalion, where he was posted to the 6th Reinforcements, 41st Battalion as a Private. His unit left Sydney on the HMAT Demosthenes on the 23rd of December 1916.
Robert arrived in Plymouth in March 1917, and was transported to a training battalion. While completing exercises, Robert contracted the mumps and was admitted to hospital until May. The following month, Robert was taken on strength to the Army Service Corps Details. He worked in England, until he was transported to France from Southampton on the 1st of April 1918. A few days after he arrived, Robert was assigned to the 5th Australian Motor Transport Company. His new unit was tasked with transporting men and war material necessary for military operations, victory depended on the maintenance of supply lines. He was sent back home to Australia on the 5th of July 1919.