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Alexander DICKSON

Regimental number1882
Place of birthCastlewellan, Co Down, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor mechanic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 10.5"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Dickson, Castlewallan, County Down, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined unit at Gallipoli, 27 May 1915. Transferred to 2nd Field Company Engineers, 12 August 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 September 1915; transferred via Mudros to 2nd General Hospital, Cairo, 11 September 1915 (influenza); transferred to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 21 September 1915 (dysentery and malaria); to Australian and New Zealand Convalescent Hospital, Heliopolis, 26 November 1915; to light duties, Helouan, 28 November 1915. Rejoined unit from hospital, Tel el Kebir, 28 December 1915. Taken on strength, 8th Field Company Engineers, 20 January 1916; transferred to 2nd Australian Division Engineers, 21 January 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 21 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 June 1916. Admitted to Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 18 July 1916 (unfit); rejoined unit, 20 September 1916.

Detached for duty with Anzac Light Railways, 21 March 1917; transferred to 'K' Supply Column from Railways detachment, 8 April 1917, and reverted to Private.

Granted leave to United Kingdom, 14-26 June 1917.

Transferred to No 4 ADSC, 27 September 1917; taken on strength, Rouen, 20 October 1917. On leave to Paris, 25 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 20 February 1918. Taken on strength, 4th Australian Division Motor Transport company, 12 March 1918. granted special leave to United Kingdom, 25 August-8 September 1919; rejoined unit, 12 September 1919. Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 January 1919; discharged to duty, 17 January 1919 (no further details recorded). Marched out to United Kingdom for return to Australia, 17 March 1919. Reported Absent Without Leave, 5 April 1919; returned from AWL, 7 April 1919; found guilty of being absent without leave: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 5 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Borda', 9 December 1919; disembarked Capetown, 30 December 1919, for leave without pay (special family reasons) from 31 December to date prior to that of re-embarkation for Australia (about 7 days); re-embarked on HT 'Runic' 12 January 1920;disembarked Adelaide, 4 February 1920; discharged, 3 May 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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