Robert Adam Clinton – 1st Australian Mining Corps
Robert Adam Clinton – 1st Australian Mining Corps, was a mining engineer from Ballarat. He enlisted at the age of 36 in September 1916. Born 25 October 1879 at Taradale, near Ballarat, Victoria, Robert was the son of Adam Donaldson and Wilhelmina (nee Cameron) Clinton. The Electoral Roll of 1906 records him as a miner at Laverton, Western Australia.
He was one the team of officers from the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company who were responsible for firing the massive explosive charge in a mine under Hill 60.
He died in Melbourne East at the age of 46 in 1936.
More on Robert Adam Clinton:
Outdoors group portrait at a rest camp of the team of officers from the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company
who were responsible for firing the massive explosive charge in a mine under Hill 60
which completely destroyed the German front line at the northern end of Messines Ridge on 1917-06-07.
The officers are (left to right): back row: Lieutenant (Lt) John MacDiarmid Royle; Lt James Bowry;
Lt Hubert Henry Carroll, MC. Front row: Captain (Capt) Oliver Holmes Woodward, MC and two bars;
Major James Douglas Henry, CO, OBE, DSO; Capt Robert Adam Clinton, MC. Capt Woodward
was responsible for closing the main electrical switch and Lts Royle and Bowry the two auxiliary switches
that detonated the explosives. Capt Clinton had been in charge of the digging of the advanced tunnels
under the German trenches, while Major Henry was responsible for synchronising, by means of a stopwatch,
the detonation at Hill 60 with the detonation of other explosive charges all along Messines Ridge.
(Donor J. MacD. Royle) (Original print held in AWM Archive Store. Formerly 3DRL 3852)