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Alfred Lawson STRUTHERS

Regimental number2417
Place of birthGlanville, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLocomotive cleaner
AddressSemaphore, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Struthers, Ansell Street, Semaphore, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 1.5 years in the Senior Cadets (Voluntary); left the district.
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Postal Corps
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Date of death14 October 1920
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialCheltenham Cemetery (Portion Protestant, Allotment 95 S, Path 3, Section J), South Australia
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Elizabeth STRUTHERS. Native of Glanville, South Australia. Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, SA.
Discharge date29 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 48th Bn, 19 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 June 1916 (sprained right foot); transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 June 1916; transferred to Ambulance Train No 25, 30 June 1916, and admitted to 25th General Hospital, Camiers; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 20 July 1916.

Proceeded to join 1st Anzac Headquarters for permanent Base duties in Corps Area, 3 November 1916.

Attached for duty to 1st Anzac Corps Troop Supply Column, 9 November 1916.

Accidentally wounded, 8 May 1917 (gun shot wound, eye: soldier not to blame), and admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 9 May 1917; to 59th General Hospital, 19 May 1917 (corneal ulcer); to Ambulance Train, 31 May 1917, and admitted to 1st South African General Hospital, Abbeville, 1 June 1917; transferred to 3rd General Hospital, Le Treport, 2 June 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 11 July 1917.

Found guilty, Havre, 30 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 5.30 pm parade: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay.

Transferred to Australian Army Postal Corps, 13 October 1917.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 30 April 1919; marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 1 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orita', 23 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 6 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 29 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died in Keswick Military Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia.

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death14 October 1920
Age at death28
Place of burialCheltenham Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, STRUTHERS Alfred Lawson

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