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Edwin Robert ALAND

Regimental number3451
Date of birth1872
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressWest Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 8.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Marion Aland, West Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 August 1915
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Australian Entrenching Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death43
Place of burialSucrerie Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No 27), Colincamps, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
103
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
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 connectionsSon: Captain Robert Clegg ALAND MC, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 8 September 1919.
Other details

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.'

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