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Alfred Norman MOORE

Regimental number880
Place of birthPort Fairy, Victoria
SchoolState School, Port Fairy, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressAlbert Street, Port Fairy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinT. Moore, Albert Street, Port Fairy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 November 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 November 1916
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
53
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Louisa MOORE, Albert Street, Port Fairy, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2989 Pte James Joseph MOORE, 4th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919; 2990 Pte Thomas Matthew MOORE, 4th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 11 July 1917; 1608 Pte William John MOORE, 20th Bn, killed in action, 28 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Sick to hospital, Gallipoli, 3 September 1915 (dysentery); transferred to HS 'Neuralia', and admitted to St Andrew's Hospital, Malta, 10 September 1915; transferred to England, 21 October 1915, and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford St, London SE, 29 October 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 5 March 1916.

Transferred to Cyclist corps, 20 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 12 May 1916.

Attached to 2nd Anzac Cyclists' Bn, 9 July 1916.

Admitted to Anzac Rest Station, 15 August 1916; transferred 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 19 August 1916; to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 20 August 1916; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 24 August 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 10 days.

Transferred to 8th Bn, 27 August 1916; joined 8th Bn, in the field, 10 September 1916.

Killed in action, 6 November 1916.

Buried 'between Biscuit Trench near Guedecourt'; grave subsequently lost.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MOORE Alfred Norman

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