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William Arthur ALEXANDER

Regimental number4744
Place of birthRedfern, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address123 Wells Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.5"
Weight123 lbs
Next of kinBrother, G. Alexander, 123 Wells Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMilitia (1 year 4 months); Compulsory (2.5 years)
Enlistment date29 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 13 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4504
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateDied of disease 26 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 14 April 1916; disembarked Suez, Egypt, no date stated.

Admitted to No 31 General Hospital, Port Said, 16 May 1916 (influenza); transferred to HS Grantully Castle, 21 May 1916; to No 15 General Hospital, Alexandria, 22 May 1916; to British Red Cross Convalescent Depot, Montazah, 29 May 1916; discharged to Tel el Kebir, 28 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; marched into 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, 21 August 1916.

Found guilty, 13 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 2400 hours, 11 September 1916, until 0630 hours, 13 September 1916: award, forfeits 7 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, no date stated; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 3 November 1916.

Taken on strength of 18th Bn, in the field, 18 November 1916.

Found guilty, 10 February 1917, of being absent without leave from 1400 hours, 23 January 1917, until apprehended by Military Police, 24 January 1917: awarded 20 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 5th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 22 May 1917.

Detached to Reinforcements' Camp, 12 September 1917; rejoined unit, 25 September 1917.

To Reinforcements' Camp, 25 October 1917; rejoined unit, 13 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 4 December 1917; rejoined unit, 24 December 1917.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 October 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 20 October 1918.

Died, No 3 Australian General Hospital, 26 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALEXANDER William Arthur

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