Herbert Andrew Thomas Alexander
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|Date of Birth||10 Jul 1917|
|Place of Birth||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Death||13 Jun 1972, aged 53|
|Place of Death||Safety Bay, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||25 Years old|
6'0" (1.83m) tall ; 157lbs|
71.214 kg; fair complexion ; green eyes ; fair hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Byford, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr. George Herbert Alexander|
|Reg Number||W824 & WX21856|
|Date of Enlistment||2 Apr 1941 (CMF)|
|Unit/Formation||16th Australian Infantry Battalion (Cameron Highlanders Regiment)|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||21 Nov 1944 ‒ 26 Nov 1944|
|Transport Details||USAT Evangaline Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain|
|Return to Australia|
|Journey Dates||20 Jul 1945 ‒ 26 Jul 1945|
|Transport Details||SS Ormiston Jacquinot Bay to Brisbane|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument(s)||ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)|
Pacific Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Employed at the State brickworks, Byford
Original CMF enlistment occurred at Victoria Park on 3 Aug 1940 with his brother Douglas George Edgar Alexander in the 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment ww2. Herbert was in camp at Bunbury from 28 Jan until 27 Apr 1941 and again from 7 Jul until 4 Oct 1941 before being called up for full time duty on 17 Dec 1941. On 16 Jan 1942 Herbert was discharged on account of him working in a protected occupation. While his, and his brother Doug's records give the reason as (Oil tanks) it is probable that it was on account of brick making.
Herbert enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 20 Jul 1942, and nine days later he joined the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Northam. On 23 Aug 1942 he was transferred to the 25th Cavalry Training Squadron before returning to the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion on 7 Nov 1942. Initial training completed, he was sent to join the 28th Australian Infantry Battalion (The Swan Regiment) on 12 Dec 1942. However, on 28 Dec 1942 he was transferred to the 16th Australian Infantry Battalion (Cameron Highlanders Regiment). On 18 Jan 1943 Herbert was admitted to the 110th Australian Base Hospital at Hollywood with a fractured left hand. A day later he was transferred to Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot's Medical wing, until he was able to return to his unit on 20 Apr 1943. The same day he entrained in Perth for Adelaide, and then the Northern Territory, detraining on 28 Apr 1943 and rejoining his unit on 7 May 1943.
On 5 Jun 1943 Herbert was admitted to the 109th Australian General Hospital for treatment until 10 June when he was released to the Northern Territory Recreation Camp. On 12 Jun 1943 he rejoined the battalion, remaining with them until 2 Oct 1943 when he was admitted to the 107th Australian General Hospital. Released to his battalion on 7 Oct 1943, he was admitted to 107th AGH again on 21 Oct 1943, this time with Diarrhoea. After rejoining his unit on 25 Oct 1943, he was granted leave in Western Australia from 12 Feb to 6 Mar 1944. Herbert was seen by the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance and treated for Gastro-enteritis on 21 Jun 1944, before being passed on to the 107th Australian General Hospital on 4 Jul 1944 with Appendicitis. Recovering, he spent some time in the 108th Australian Convalescent Depot before rejoining the battalion on 11 Sep 1944.
On 21 Nov 1944, with the rest of the battalion he embarked on USAT Evangaline in Darwin for Jacquinot Bay on the south coast of New Britain, disembarking there on 26 Nov 1944. Herbert returned to Australia on the SS Ormiston, enbarking in Jacquinot Bay on 20 Jul 1945, and disembarking in Brisbane on 26 Jul 1945. On 7 Sep 1945 he joined the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for discharge proceedings that took effect on 15 Oct 1945.