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The Book Thief

Robert Benedict Heritage (1895-?)

Robert Heritage worked an office job by day, and in his spare time served in the militia with the Royal Australian Engineers. When he enlisted, he was allocated to the Field Company Engineers, but this did not last, and he was transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion. It was the job of the Pioneer Battalions to help with the maintenance of roads, railways and moving troops and equipment, as well as to fight.
A severe septic infection saw Sapper Robert Heritage evacuated from the front line. In an era before antibiotics the healing process would be long and slow. For this reason, it was decided that he should return to Australia and be discharged from the A.I.F.

Robert was evacuated to the 11th Stationary Hospital, in the medieval city of Rouen, in Normandy.  Stationary Hospitals were small hospitals, usually based in forward areas.
Robert was evacuated to the 11th Stationary Hospital, in the medieval city of Rouen, in Normandy. Stationary Hospitals were small hospitals, usually based in forward areas.

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