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Alfred BERNARD

Regimental number1894
Place of birthMontreal, Canada
SchoolLa Narcinese College, Calcutta, India
Age on arrival in Australia25
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressWickepin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinStep-Sister, Pearl Beatrice Der Bois, Lady Dufferin's Hospital, Allahabad, India
Previous military service11th Bn Essex (2 years 3 months)
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy HIll, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as Alfred Bernard Gordon Coming DU BOIS.
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death29.9
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialCrucifix Corner Cemetery (Plot V, Row E, Grave No. 10), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
175
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Ida DUBOIS. Native of Assam, India
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Entrained Cairo, 19 January 1916; taken on strength of 28th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Evacuated to hospital, 12 September 1916; admitted to No 2 Base, 13 September 1916 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 17 September 1916, and rejoined 28th Bn the same day.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 8 November 1916 (trench feet); transferred to No 36 Casualty Clearing Station (Corps Rest Station), 9 November 1916 (ocdrma feet); to No 18 Ambulance Train, 10 November 1916; to No 1 General Hospital, Etretat, 11 November 1916; discharged, 7 December 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 9 December 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 6 January 1917; rejoined 28th Bn, 9 January 1917.

Found guilty, 16 March 1917, of neglecting to obey an order by appearing on GOC's parade in a dirty condition in that he had dirty ammunition and was unshaven: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 7 days' pay.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 22 March 1917 (influenza); to 2nd Australian Divisional Rest Station, 23 March 1917; to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 March 1917; to Ambulance Train, 29 March 1917; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 30 March 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Hospital, 13 April 1917; discharged, 15 April 1917, and marched into 4th Infantry Base the same day; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 24 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 17 May 1917; rejoined 28th Bn, 18 May 1917.

On leave to England, 18 August 1917; rejoined unit, 1 September 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 November 1917 (pharyngitis); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 27 November 1917; to No 16 Ambulance Train, 29 November 1917; to No 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 29 November 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 6 December 1917; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 9 December 1917; to No 3 Rest Camp, Ecault, 12 December 1917; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 21 December 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 22 December 1917 (conjunctivitis); transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 12 January 1918; marched into Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 23 January 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 30 January 1918; rejoined 28th Bn, 5 February 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 2nd Australian Machine Gun Bn, 23 March 1918.

Found guilty, 30 June 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 2130 hours, until 1030 hours, 26 June 1918; (2) being absent without leave from 0830 hours, 27 June 1918, until 0730 hours, 28 June 1918: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 9 days' pay.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918; buried at Sh.62.D.P.26 A 4.9, 7 July 1918.

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

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