Charles Beresford ALEXANDER


ALEXANDER, Charles Beresford

Service Number: 293
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Warwick, Queensland
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Milbong, Queensland, 8 June 1886
Home Town: Greymare, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Toolburra South State School
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Died of Illness (Pneumonia), Cairo, Egypt, 7 April 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Row B, Grave 205
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 293, Warwick, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 293, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 293, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane
7 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 293, 2nd Light Horse Regiment

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When World War One was declared the appeals for men met with a  ready response. Men representing every walk of life rolled up. Most had had service or were serving, in the C.M.F. (note: i.e. Commonwealth Military Forces, some had previous active service, some were discharged Imperial soldiers, some had no training whatever)."

It is evident from this that Charles was one who;

a) "met with a ready response" - he enlisted on 24th August,  1914. Australia only declared war on Germany on 4th August, 1914.

b) was "serving, in the C.M.F." i.e. he served with the 14th  Australian Light Horse (Darling Downs Regiment) where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. Eleven Officers, holding commissions in the Commonwealth Military Forces (C.M.F.), but for whom there were, at the time, no vacancies in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.), relinquished their commissions temporarily and joined as privates, in order to have the honour of being in the First Expeditionary Force.

This appears to also apply to Charles, who;

a) was ranked a Lieutenant in the 14th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Darling Downs Regiment)

b) but later ranked as a Trooper (i.e. Private) in the 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment



News was received in Warwick on Saturday last of the death ot Trooper Charles Beresford Alexander, at Heliopolis, Egypt, from pneumonia, on the 7th April. Last week a cable announced that Alexander was seriously ill, and when the sad tidings of his demise were received, the Rev. W. P. Glover broke the news to Mrs. Alexander, who is the teacher at the Greymare State School. Trooper Alexander was one of the first to volunteer for active service in this district, and joined the Light Horse Regiment, and left with the first lot for Egypt. He always took a keen interest in military matters, and was a member of the Warwick A.L.H., and later of the Pratten Troop. For a number of years he acted as secretary to the Greymare Sports Club, and when residing in Warwick was employed as a clerk with Denham Bros., when that firm conducted business here. His wide circle of friends, while deploring his demise, will always revere his name on the roll ol honour for giving his life for his King and country." - from the Warwick Examiner and Times 12 Apr 1915 (