Alexander STEPHENS

STEPHENS, Alexander

Service Number: 163
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, France, 29 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Grave IV. A. 1., Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 163, 28th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 163, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Son of Mrs. Alexina Nisbet, of 91, Cannel Park, New Cumnock, Ayrshire.

The name of Alexander Stephens was added to the Cumnock war memorial in October 2017 after some ten years negotiation between his present day family and East Ayrshire Council.

The main village memorial sits in New Cumnock Old Cemetery, also known as New Cumnock Afton Cemetery which is reached by taking the B741 Dalmellington road from the roundabout at the school and turning left onto an unclassified road leading to Burns Cairn. The cemetery sits about half a mile on the left. The new extension is met first where cars can be left. The Old Cemetery gates are just beyond the brow of the hill and the memorial sits at the top of the knowe.

It was unveiled and dedicated on Saturday the 3rd December 1921 and the proceedings were reported in the Cumnock Chronicle of December 9th 1921.