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Alexander FERNANCE

Regimental number2359
Place of birthBothwell, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSouth Hay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8.25"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Cole, South Hay, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 June 1915
Place of enlistmentWodonga, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death30
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 2), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: E. and Emily FERNANCE, Hay, New South Wales. Native of Tasmania
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn, Anzac, 23 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 60th Bn, 24 February 1916; taken on strength of 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Transferred to 57th Bn, 15 March 1916; taken on strength of 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Rue du Bois Cemetery by Reverend J.P. Gilbert, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 855 Alexander FERNANCE for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERNANCE Alexander

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