Alfred James DANN

DANN, Alfred James

Service Number: 2128
Enlisted: 4 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Devonshire England, October 1885
Home Town: Maryville, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham School of Arts, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Baker
Died: Maryville, New South Wales, Australia, 14 October 1937, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Methodist 2 (Primitive) 13 SW. 38.
Memorials: Newcastle Operative Bakers' Society Roll of Honour , Tighes's Hill Methodist Church Honour Roll, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2128, 31st Infantry Battalion
18 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, 2128, 31st Infantry Battalion
18 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, 2128, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
20 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2128, 31st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW right leg severe, Hospitals in Calais, Margate,Shorncliffe and Harefield.
8 May 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 2128, 31st Infantry Battalion, MD due to severe GSW to leg

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Served and suffered during The Great War, now resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

84 years ago today, on the Saturday afternoon of the 16th October 1937 (3 funerals on this day), Private Alfred James Dann Jnr, 31st Battalion (Reg No-2128), baker (Stockton Cooperative Society, Newcastle Cooperative Society, N.S.W.), father of two (Nancy - Hannah M, Alfred - William A), was laid to rest with a military funeral, age 51. METHODIST 2 (PRIMITIVE) 13 SW. 38.

Born at Devonshire, England about 1886 to Alfred James Snr and Mary Ellen Dann of 69 Railway Lane, Wickham, New South Wales; husband of Margaret Ann Dann nee Williams (married 1911, Wickham, N.S.W., died 1967, 30 years a widow, sleeping here), Alfred enlisted September 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Younger brother Joseph Henry (Reg No-11455, 3rd Field Bakery, A.A.S.C., born 1888? died 1959) also served 1st A.I.F.

Younger brother Richard Harold (31st Battalion, Reg No-2126, born 1896, died 1973, Newcastle, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Younger brother William John (1st & 45th Battalions, Reg No-4668, born 1893, died?) also served 1st A.I.F.
Younger brother Sydney Martin (35th Battalion, Reg No-2681, born 1898, died 1969, Balmain, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Wounded in action - 20.7.1916 (GSW right leg and compound fracture, seriously ill, Battle of Fromelles).

Alfred returned home April 1917, being discharged medically unfit on the 8th May 1917.  Alfred and Enoch John Goodwin (2nd & 54th Battalions, Reg No-3301, returned home with Alfred, died 1954, also resting at the cemetery, ANGLICAN 2-151. 67.) welcomed at the Methodist church, Tighes Hill, N.S.W.

Mr. Dann’s name has been inscribed on the Tighes Hill Methodist Church Roll of Honour, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board (1), Hamilton Methodist Church (Maitland Road) & Sunday School Roll of Honour, Newcastle Operative Bakers' Society Roll of Honour (photo courtesy of Ed Tonks, OAM, unveiled on the 11th November 1919, 29 names inscribed, 4 Fallen) and the Newcastle Lodge No. 423 Ancient Order of Druids Roll of Honour.

Alfred also has an individual Memorial Plaque on The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall at Sandgate Cemetery.

Alfred’s headstone inscription does not mention his service with the 1st A.I.F., so I have placed poppies and a 1914-1918 WAR label in remembrance of his sacrifice for God, King & Country during The Great War.

Lest We Forget.