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Charles ALEXANDER

Regimental number2867
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
SchoolGeorge Street School and High School, Dunedin, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTinsmith and motor-driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5.5:
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinNo relatives
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 1st Company, 4th Regiment, Infantry, New Zealand.
Enlistment date16 October 1915
Place of enlistmentOrange, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2867A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateDied of wounds 13 October 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, nr Ieper, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBirr Cross Roads Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 7), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
174
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Agnes EDMOND. Native of Dunedin, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 5th Pioneer Bn, in the field, and allotted Regimental No 2867A, 25 August 1916.

Admitted to 1st Anzac Corps Rest Station, 15 January 1917 (abrasions, feet); discharged to duty, 31 January 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 5 February 1917.

Appointed Lance corporal, 1 March 1917.

Found guilty, 11 April 1917, of (1) being absent without leave from 8 pm, 3 April, until 3 pm, 9 April 1917; (2) an act to the prejudiuce of good order and military discipline, abandoning kit: awarded forfeiture of Lance stripe, and forfeiture of a total of 7 days' pay.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 6 July 1917 (scabies) and transferred same day to Corps Scabies Station; transferred to 9th Casualty Clearing Station,24 July 1917; discharged to duty, 21 June 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 24 August 1917.

Found guilty, 29 September 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 26 September, to noon, 27 September 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 13 October 1917.

Died of wounds, 13 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsReal name: James Charles EDMOND
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALEXANDER Charles

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