Few individual men had slain so many Germans. Of impeccable behaviour, strong opinions but quiet and unassuming demeanour, Travis had been the hero of numberless instances of exceptional and inspiring gallantry, and had so far cheated death in several hairbreadth escapes. The news of his end occasioned genuine sorrow throughout the Division. It has been given to few to merit and win as illustrious an epitaph as is contained in his own battalion diary: “July 26th. Sergt. R. C. Travis buried with full military honours at the Cemetery at Couin at 8 p.m. Brig.-General Young, 2nd Brigade Staff, and the officers and men of the battalion attended. The death of Sergt. Travis cast a gloom over the whole battalion. Only those who have been with us for any length of time can realise what a loss his death means to us. He left New Zealand with the Main Body and had never missed an operation. He went over the top 15 times and always did magnificent work. He won the D.C.M., M.M., (Belgian) Croix de Guerre, and has been recommended for the V.C. His name will live in the records of the Battalion as a glorious example of heroism and devotion to duty.” Ref: AAAC 898 NCWA 455

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