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Alfred William ALLEY

Regimental number9872
Place of birthHikutaia, New Zealand
Place of birthThames, New Zealand
SchoolPublic and High Schools, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionChurch of England
Address144 Renwick Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinAunt, Mrs C Alley, Thames, New Zealand
Enlistment date20 October 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollTrench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (awarded Military Medal)

'Gallant conduct during enemy attack as stretcher-bearer. (Noreuil 15 April 1917)'
Recommendation date: 16 April 1917

FateKilled in Action 20 November 1917
Age at death26
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Emily ALLEY.

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct during enemy attack on NOREUIL on the morning of 15th April 1917. Bdr Alley went out and unaided carried in a wounded man a distance of about 200 yards across No Man's Land under enemy machine gun, and artillery fire. Later when volunteers were called for to go out as stretcher bearers and bring in the wounded this N.C.C.O. was the first to volunteer and organised his gun detachment into bearer parties. He set a fine example to the men in his detachment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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