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Western Mail 30 Jul 1915 page 1S
|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia|
25-28 April 1915|
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|Place of Death||Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula, Egypt|
|Age at Enlistment||29 years, 11 months|
5'7" (1.7 m) tall ; 170 lbs|
77.111 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Mrs Maria Clarke|
|Date of Enlistment||10 September 1914|
|Unit/Formation||12th Battalion D Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||2 November 1914 ‒ 13 December 1914|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A7 Medic|
|Fate||Killed in Action, 25-28 Apr 1915|
Jarrahdale War Memorial |
Lone Pine Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Alex's records are almost non existent. He was allocated to the 12th Battalion as it was forming, with both G and H Companies (later on 1 Jan 1916 to combine to form D Company) raised in WA. While the majority of the battalion left Hobart aboard HMAT A2 Geelong for Albany where the first convoy formed up, the Western Australian members were aboard HMAT A7 Medic along with the 11th Battalion, joining the convoy outside Rottnest Island.
They sailed first to Colombo and then Aden to before reaching their destination at Alexandria. The West Australian joined the bulk of the battalion at Mena camp on the outskirts of Cairo. On 27 Feb 1915 they received orders to embark aboard ship in Alexandria on 1 Mar 1915.
They were allotted to the HMHS Devanha acting for this voyage as a troop ship, but their destination was not known until they had put to sea. On the 4th they arrived at Mudros Harbour on Lemnos Island where they continued their training before being part of the covering force that went ashore first at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsular.
His file contains an entry dated 2 May 1915 to the effect that he was wounded in action between 25 and 28 April 1915. A 6 Nov 1915 entry declared that he had been killed in action.
Alex's effects were sent to Australia with HMAT A31 Ajana. Alexander's only brother Charles was killed on 30th May 1916 at Fromelles in France, leaving only their sister to survive them. Given that Alexander was buried at sea from HMT Norman it is possible that he actually died of wounds received rather than KIA particularly since he was initially reported as Wounded in Action.
Memorialised on Lone Pine Memorial Panel 35. Declared KIA by memorandum dated 6 Nov 1915.
Some debate occurred as to his fate following a friend in the 11th Battalion reporting that he had seen Alexander in the Luna Park extension of the 1st Australian General Hospital in Cairo. There is also mention of his brother having been advised that Alex was better and had returned to the Dardanelles.
Authorities could find no additional information or records to sustain the story and stuck with the death date as being between 25th and 28th April 1915.