ROBERT MACTIER

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

Born: 17 May 1890, Tatura, Vic­to­ria Died: 1 Septem­ber 1918, Mont St Quentin, France Rank: Pri­vate Unit: 23rd Bat­tal­ion, Aus­tralian Im­pe­rial Force Cam­paign: WWI

AN EARLY MORN­ING Aus­tralian as­sault on Mont St Quentin was stopped by an en­emy ma­chine gun be­hind a barbed-wire bar­ri­cade. Two sim­i­lar posts lay ahead of it. Mactier, the com­pany’s run­ner, was sent to in­ves­ti­gate, armed with a few grenades and a re­volver. He threw a bomb and climbed over the wire. When his com­rades ad­vanced, they found the eight-man Ger­man gun crew dead – he’d top­pled the ma­chine gun and cap­tured two more po­si­tions. He was charg­ing to­wards an­other tar­get when he was shot dead by an­other Ger­man ma­chine gun.

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