Alfred Tennyson Needham

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Alfred Tennyson Needham
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Emerald Hill, Victoria
Death 9 Jun 1948
Place of Death Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, new South Wales
Age at Enlistment 38 years, 10 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 147 lbs
66.678 kg
; ruddy complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Post Ofice, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Temperance Lilian Needham
Military Information
Reg Number 3092A
Date of Enlistment 1 Oct 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 3rd Pioneer Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, transferred to 11th Battalion / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A34 Persic
Date of Return 12 Dec 1918 ‒ 18 Jan 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A71 Nestor
Fate Wounded in Action 3 Jun 1918 at Messines
Returned to Australia
Monument none currently
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Married Temperance Lillian Offer in Perth in 1916 before going overseas.

Electoral Roll entries - 1903 - 1906 labourer at Mount Sir Samuel (Coolgardie); 1916 at Beris (Mt Margaret area).

War Service

On arrival in England he was sent to the Pioneer Training Battalion at Durrington, but in Jul 1917 he was transferred to the 11th Battalion reinforcements.

On 28 Nov 1917 he travelled through Sutton Veny and Folkestone to France where he was taken on strength by the 11th Battalion while it was in a rest area at Courset, north of Étaples on 6 Dec 1917. He spent five days in hospital during Jan 1918 having an accidental injury to his elbow attended to. On 3 Jun 1918 Alfred received a shell wound to his left arm and shoulder - described as severe.

Treated the same day as the injury by the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and the 32nd Stationary Hospital before evacuation to England on 14 Jul 1918 aboard the HMHS St Andrew.

In England he was admitted to the King George Hospital, before being transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Harefield on 28 Aug 1918. Recovered, he was released to No 2 Command Depot in Weymouth on 17 Sep 1918 to be processed for return to Australia.

Discharged 5th Military District 29 Jun 1920. Died of "War Service" 9 Jun 1948

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 a vocational trainee in Mars street Carlisle; 1931 a storekeeper at 49 Canning road, East Fremantle; house number was 53 Canning road in 1937. 1943 no occupation, at Albert street, Hazelbrook, NSW. No children.


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