Harold Leslie ALEXANDER

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ALEXANDER, Harold Leslie

Service Number: 2551
Enlisted: 7 April 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Renmark, South Australia, 1 July 1893
Home Town: Port Elliot, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street State School
Occupation: Gardener/Driver
Died: Killed in action, Pozières, France, 4 August 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, National War Memorial (South Australia), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

7 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2551, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2551, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2551, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

Son of Henry Holdsworth Grierson ALEXANDER AND Eva Blanche Hammont nee GOOD

Brother to:  1876 Sgt. Eric Carnegie Alexander (/explore/people/317284)

Buried in the same trench as his brother Eric, which collapsed when hit by enemy shell fire  at Pozières. Harold could not be  dug out in time to save his life, but Eric was saved.

"THE LATE PRIVATE H. L. ALEXANDER

Private Harold Leslie Alexander, who was killed in action on August 4, was born at Renmark, and was the son of Mr. Henry Holdsworth Alexander, of Brisbane. He was 22 years of age, and had been in the service for 18 months. He had served on Gallipoli, and had neither been ill nor wounded up to the night of his death. His brother is still fighting in the same battalion. Private Alexander had a most genial disposition, and news of his death was keenly felt at Port Elliot and Cottonville, where most of his friends resided. His mother, Mrs. Benson, is on the way home from New South Wales." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 07 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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