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Alfred RHODES

Regimental number235
Date of birth18 August 1884
Place of birthGratton Terrace, Gratton St, Carlton, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address71 Luscombe Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinSister, Mrs Alice Pouditch, 71 Luscombe Street, Brunswick East, Victoria
Enlistment date10 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At TREUX near ALBERT on night of 12th/13th June, 1918 this Driver was in charge of a limbered wagon carrying Gas Projectiles. he had to take his team through a heavy enemy barrage, and, although both his horses were wounded and he, himself, severely wounded, realising the danger of stampeding horses to the convoy carrying gas cylinders ahead and behind him, he stuck to his team, delivered his load, and succeeded in driving the team back to the Support Company Quarters where he collapsed. His action prevented the other limbers from becoming disorganised and enabled the projectors to be supplied with projectiles.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date29 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 April 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 13 June 1918 (gun shot wound, shoulder and right buttock); admitted to L of C Hospital, 15 June 1918. Transferred to England, 3 July 1918, and admitted to Middlesex Hospital, Clacton-on-Sea, 4 July 1918; subsequently transferred to Colchester Military Hospital. Transferred to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 July 1918; discharged to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 24 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Kashmir', 9 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 30 April 1919; discharged, 29 June 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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Date of death2 March 1945
Age at death60
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery (Methodist Section), Melbourne, Victoria

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