Albert Edward See

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Albert Edward See
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1886
Place of Birth Buckden, Huntington, England
Death 20 Sep 1917
Place of Death Westhoek, Belgium
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 11 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 138 lbs
62.596 kg
; medium complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Timber worker
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Newtown, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Margaret Mary See
Military Information
Reg Number 5086
Date of Enlistment 8 Mar 1916
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 13th reinforcement /7th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 18 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A48 Seang Bee
Fate Killed in Action 20 Sep 1917, Menin Road
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Menin Gate Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1913 - 1916 at No 6 Mill, Jarrahdale with Margaret Mary, mill hand

War Service

After 4 weeks basic training at Blackboy Hill camp, Bert was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, and was appointed a lance Corporal. Albert gave up this rank when he entered France.

On arrival in England he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone, and on 16 Nov 1916 Bert proceeded overseas to France through Folkestone aboard the HMT Victoria.

Before joining his unit, Bert spent time at the Divisional Base Depot, and also time in the 26th General Hospital Étaples from 19 - 27 Dec 1916 with influenza. He also had time in No 6 Convalescent Depot until he joined the 28th Battalion on 23 Jan 1917 as they were assuming front line duties near Armentieres.

From 16 Mar 1917 until 11 May 1917 Bert was absent from the unit receiving treatment for a bout of Trench Fever. Seen on 16 Mar 1917 by the 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and the nearby Casualty Clearing Station, he was transferred by Ambulance Train on 19 Mar 1917 to the 11th Stationary Hospital in Rouen, which released him on 31 Mar 1917 to No 2 Convalescent Depot. On 26 Apr 1917 he had returned to the 2nd Division's Base Depot and on 11 May 1917 he was back with the 28th Battalion.

On 20 Sep 1917 the 28th Battalion was involved in the first of a series of thrusts by British forces that were to become known as the Third Battle of Ypres. The 28th Battalion achieved its objectives, but in doing so, it lost 66 men killed in action, 36 missing, and more than 190 wounded, 11 of whom died from the wounds received.

  • photo 2015 L.Reynolds
  • Section of 28th Battalion's panel

Post War

Wife granted a pension of 40/- per fortnight from 10 Dec 1917. The three sons also received pensions: Edward Morris 20/- fortnightly; William Thomas (b. 1914) 15/- fortnightly; and Norman Douglas (b. 1916) 10/- fortnightly.

Margaret remarried in 1925 to Richard John Gulley who died aged 75 in 1969. Margaret died 18 Jul 1974 in Mt Lawley aged 88.


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