Albert Squire

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Albert Squire
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Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known
Place of Birth Islington, London, England
Death 5 Apr 1918
Place of Death Hebuterne, France
Age at Enlistment 40 years, 2 months
Occupation Storeman
Religion Church of England
Address Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Niece , Miss Dorothy Squire
Military Information
Reg Number 6879
Date of Enlistment 6 Mar 1917
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 20th reinforcement transferred to 16th Battalion
Date of Embarkation 29 Jun 1917 ‒ 25 Aug 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A30 Borda Fremantle to Plymouth
Fate KIA 5 Apr 1918 Hebuterne
Monument Gosnells War Memorial Listed as AE Squires
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll Listed as AE Squires
Australian War Museum
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Served with the Northamtonshire Regiment in the Boer War.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 6 Mar 1917, and on 16 Mar 1917 he was allocated to the 20th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. He embarked with them for England where on arrival he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone. On 8 Nov 1917 he was transferred to the 6th Training Battalion at Fovant before proceeding overseas to France through Southampton on 23 Jan 1918. After 5 days in the 4th Division's Base Depot in Le Havre, he was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion.

In March 1918 the 16th battalion was moved south along with most other Australian units to blunt and stop the German breakthrough that had the British 4th Army in retreat. Moved several times before finding their final defensive position south of Hebuterne, about 10 kilometers north of Albert, they had several battles with the advancing German troops in the week after their arrival. Early on 5 Apr 1918 they were on the receiving end of a savage artillery bombardment that commenced at 6:00am, with lots of gas shells included. At 9:30am, the barrage lifted and an estimated 2,000 German troops attacked the 16th Battalion position in waves. This was soon broken up by accurate Lewis gun and rifle fire, Another attempt was made by the German troops around 10:30am, with the same outcome.

The 16th Battalion's losses were nine killed and 28 wounded, compared to many hundreds of German casualties. Sadly, one of the Australia KIA was Albert.

  • Euston Road Cemetery
  • CWGC grave location


Post War

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