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Alfred James PURSEY

Regimental number1847
Date of birth17 May 1881
Place of birthBungawalbyn, Richmond River, New South Wales
AddressBungawalbyn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinBrother, F L Pursey, Bungawalbyn, Richmond River, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years in the Light Horse (Casino Squadron), rising to the rank of sergeant.
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe tried to enlist early in the war but was not accepted for active service until 1916.
FateDied of wounds 10 February 1917
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialAustralian Section (Grave No. 23), Wandsworth Cemetery, London, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Annie PURSEY
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5166 Pte Albert Gordon PURSEY, Machine Gun Details, returned to Australia, 19 February 1919; Cousins: 2934 Pte Alexander James LANG, 30th Bn, died of wounds, 11 June 1917; 1796 Lance Corporal Alexander McINNES MM and Bar, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Wounded in the thigh, Armentieres, France. Evacuated to England; suffered a haemorrhage; leg was amputated; he died several hours later.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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