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Alfred Joseph BUSSELL

Regimental number4241
Place of birth'Walecliffe' near Busselton, Western Australia
SchoolGuildford Grammar School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAssistant surveyor
Addressc/o H Castilla, Bay View Terrace, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinGrandparent, Mrs E Reynolds, Wonnerup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 29 January 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 22 September 1917

FateKilled in Action 13 October 1918
Place of death or woundingBusigny, France
Age at death27
Place of burialBusigny Communal Cemetery Extension (Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Marion BUSSELL. Native of Busselton, Western Australia

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He succeeded in company with another officer in extinguishing a serious fire which had broken out on an ammunition train near a battery position. The work was carried out at considerable risk from exploding ammunition, and he set a fine example of coolness and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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