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Alfred Henry CLUNNE

Regimental number4761
Place of birthCundletown, Manning River, New South Wales
SchoolTaree Superior Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAllan Streets, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Allan Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 September 1916

FateKilled in Action 1 December 1916
Place of death or woundingDelville Wood
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George John and Catherine CLUNNE, Corner of Flood and Allen Streets, Leichhardt, New South Wales. Born at Cundletown, New South Wales

Military Medal

'In front of FLEURBAIX, on the nights 15th/16th and 19th/20th September, 1916, Private CLUNNE took part in raids carried out by the 56th Battalion, and was selected to collect intelligence from the enemy trenches. During the raids Private CLUNNE showed remarkable dash and courage, and was thus able, in the very short time available to collect a very useful amount of information concerning the construction of the German trenches, and was also able to supply a sketch of a concrete hostile machine gun emplacement giving particulars of construction and approximate dimensions. On each occasion he was one of the first to enter the hostile trenches. During the preliminary training for the raids Private CLUNNE carried out some very excellent reconnaissance work in "NO MAN'S LAND", and was thus also largely instrumental in helping to make both raids successful.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1395 Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant George John CLUNNE MSM, 18th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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