|Place of birth||South Grafton, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Wharf Street, South Grafton, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||33|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs E L Edwards, Alli Poole, South Grafton, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||26th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/43/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||31st Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||V.C. Corner (No 4), Australian Cemetery, France.|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 6 April 1916.
Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 23 May 1916 (haemorrhoids); discharged to, and rejoined unit, Ferry Post, 25 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.
Found guilty, 30 June 1916, of being absent from Tattoo Roll Call, 29 June 1916: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks and extra fatigues.
Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.
Previous report of missing now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Missing, 20 July 1916'.
Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 20 July 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.
Statement, Red Cross File No 2900412, 3516 Pte D.H. McINTOSH, 31st Bn, 16 March 1917: 'He was in a shell hole with Pts Taggart and De Medici of 3rd Section Pltn. 13 of D. Co., who told him to come out but he refused thinking himself safer to remain. Nothing more was heard of him. It is just possible he was taken prisoner.'
Second statement, 3545 Pte G. STRAIN, D Company, 31st Bn, 10 May 1917: 'I knew Welsh well. We were in the "Stunt" at Fleur Baix (sic) on July 19th., '16, and he was near me as we went over. I saw a shell explode, and then he fell. Coming back several hours later, I saw him still lying in No Man's land (sic), and on examining him, found he was dead. I cannot say if he was buried, but do not think it likely.'Third statement, 155 Pte R.A. BULMER, A Company, 31st Bn, 6 June 1917: 'He was taken a prisoner in July and died in the hands of the Germans on the 23rd Nov. 1916.'
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WELSH Alfred Joseph John
Red Cross file 2900412