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Alfred Ernest SAMUELS

Regimental number4315
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
SchoolDubbo District Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer grazier
AddressCurrawong, Narromine, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 10"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Samuels, Currawong, Narromine, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 36), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Dubbo Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth SAMUELS, Narromine, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: [4310] Lt Robert Oswald SAMUELS, 1st Bn, killed in action, 9 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn from 1st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried Rue du Bois Military Cemetery by Reverend F. P. Williams, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2410210, 4733 Pte A.W. BARRY, 54th Bn, 13 October 1916: 'I knew Samuels; he was on the Lewis Gun; also McDonald, and McDonald told me he saw Samuels hit in the arm early in the evening of 19.7.16 at Fleurbaix and he carried on in the 3rd. line of German trenches all that night, and he advised Samuels to come back to our trench. McDonald told me that Samuel's paybook was handed in to R. Samuels of B. [Company] 54 Bn a brother of L/Cpl A.E. Samuels.'

Second statement, 3240 Gunner G.H. BELL [14th Field Artillery Brigade] (patient, Kitchener's Hospital, Brighton, England), 22 December 1916: 'Informant states that on 19th or 20th July 1916 at Fleurbaix near Sailly he helped to erect a wooden cross over the grave of A.E. Samuels in a small Military Cemetery at Fleurbaix behind the lines. Informant states that he has looked after [the] grave and put flowers upon it.'

Note in file, SA, 2 March 1917: 'Date of death 20.7.16. Buried in Grave No. 36. Row F. Fleurbaix Military Cemetery, by Pioneer Sgt. C.F. McBain. Chaplain: Capt. F.P. Williams. Ascertained from Burial Records supplied by Sgt. McBain and personally inspected by me.'

Third statement, 4159 Corporal S.H. BURGESS, 54th Bn (patient, Royal Berkshire hospital, England), 26 September 1916: 'Informant states that on 19th July 1916 at the Somme he saw Samuel's (sic) lying dead, before he himself was wounded. Samuels was his mate, so he took special notice. Informant was wearing a ring given him by L/Cpl Samuels.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SAMUELS Alfred Ernest
Red Cross file 2410210

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