|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Toowoomba, Queensland|
|Address||West Street, Toowoomba, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||43|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Marion Aland, West Street, Toowoomba, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Toowoomba, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||25th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/42/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Australian Entrenching Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Pozieres, Somme Sector, France|
|Age at death||43|
|Place of burial||Sucrerie Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No 27), Colincamps, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Originally recorded as no known grave; name listed on the Australian National Memorial, Villers- Bretonneux. Remains discovered in 1936 and interred in Sucrurie Military Cemetery.|
|Family/military connections||Son: Captain Robert Clegg ALAND MC, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 8 September 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.
Taken on strength, 1st Anzac Entrenching Bn, 25 June 1916.
Rejoined 25th Bn, 13 July 1916.
Killed in action, 29 July 1916.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Wife wrote to Base Records, March 1917 [date unclear]: 'I write to ask if you will be good enough to try & find out any particulars of my husband's death - I was certainly notified by an urgent wire signed by Major Darcy that Private E.R. Aland 3451 25th Battalion had been killed on the 28th July 1916 & the usual King & Queen's sympathy etc on the 8th Sept 1916. I am just thinking that as most other mothers & wives have been given a few more particulars as to burial, disc, personal belongings, undelivered letters in scores etc, I too might put in my modest claim for a few particulars, seeing I'm left with five children to care for. It strikes one very forcibly if "they" get the men they don't care a jot what becomes of the dependants. My husband, only son MC, & twenty nephews have all gone & this is the treatment I've got so far - but it doesn't matter. I don't expect an answer to this reply to a common old soldier's widow.'Wife wrote again to Base Records, 6 June 1921: '... I write to ask you, if you could help me find out whether my husband really has [underlined] a grave or not. I have not had one [underlined] item of particulars of his death yet - only a pink coloured notice at time of his death - saying he was killed at Pozieres July 28, & further particulars would be posted to me as they became available. Evidently they never [underlined] became available for I have never received any correspondence whatever on the matter. Surely some [underlined] body must know something.'