Alfred John HEARPS

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HEARPS, Alfred John

Service Number: 409
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Served in the Senior Cadets, 90th Bn
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Forth, Tasmania, Australia, 6 March 1895
Home Town: Queenstown, West Coast, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, Pozieres/Monquet Farm, 19 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Listed on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Memorials: Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial HR, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 409, 12th Infantry Battalion, Served in the Senior Cadets, 90th Bn
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Sergeant, SN 409, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Sergeant, SN 409, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 12th Infantry Battalion
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 12th Infantry Battalion
5 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
5 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
19 Aug 1916: Involvement Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Extract from AWM article:

Alfred Hearps was born in Forth, near the Tasmanian town of Devonport, in 1895, the son of Alfred Hearps and Eva Alice Russell. His father was an Aboriginal Australian but, despite the laws of the day which prevented Indigenous men from enlisting, Alfred's application was successful and he joined the AIF within weeks of the outbreak of the First World War, in August 1914.