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Roy Betancor

Albert Park Rowing Club (VIC) (now Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club)

Royce John Betancor was born in Melbourne and lived at 42 Withers St, Albert Park. 

He joined the Albert Park club one month before Australia joined the war effort and has no recorded wins.

Roy, a dental mechanic, enlisted on 12th April, 1915, giving his age as 21. He was discharged within one month because at only 19, he was under-age. After gaining his parents’ permission, he enlisted a second time on 2nd August as a private in the 60th Battalion.

Landing in France on 28th June, 1916, Roy was part of the Battle of Fromelles on 19th July. Roy went missing in action on his first day of battle.

Roy was buried in No Man’s Land three weeks after he was felled. He is remembered in the VC Corner of the Australian Cemetery at Fromelles.

Author: Grace Blake
Extracted from the APSM website in July 2021 -

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