Albert Christopher Julius GRAFFUNDER

GRAFFUNDER, Albert Christopher Julius

Service Number: 462
Enlisted: 26 August 1914, Gladstone, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia , 21 July 1890
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Mackay State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 14 May 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Quinn's Post Cemetery, ANZAC
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mackay Cenotaph, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll, Marian Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 462, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Gladstone, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 462, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 462, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane
14 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 462, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli

Tiaro's Sons from Gundiah Gazette May 2016

Albert Christopher Julius GRAFFUNDER
2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment.# 462.

Corporal A.C.J.Graffunder appears on both the Bauple and Mackay Honour Boards. We can only assume that he was a local resident or worker prior to his enlistment at Gladstone in August 1914.

Albert Graffunder was born on 21st July 1890 in St Helens, Mackay, Queensland to Julius and Sylvia Graffunder. He was a farmer, single, and a British Subject when he enlisted in 1914.

His Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 24 September 1914. He was killed in action on 14 May 1915 in Monash Gully, Gallipoli at the age of 25 years. Albert was buried in Quinn’s Post Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.
He had served in Egypt and Gallipoli, was mentioned in dispatches, and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal posthumously.

Contributed by Brice Kaddatz, Albert's nephew:
In 1914, Albert Graffunder left his farm at Kolijo, near Calen, north of Mackay, to offer himself in the defense of free people, including we who enjoy our liberty today. Having served firstly in Egypt, and then sent to Gallipoli dismounted, Albert was killed in action at Quinn’s Post, among the very early casualties of that catastrophic engagement.

Albert had established himself as a capable soldier, expert horseman, and one who displayed leadership qualities. We might not have expected less, given the available accounts of his service.

Brice had the privilege of visiting Albert’s grave at Quinn’s Post Cemetery in 2015, the only family member to have done so in the 100 years he has lain there. Prior to this, Brice visited Albert’s former farm at Kolijo, from where a pair of Hames Hooks, known to have been part of Albert’s draught horse equipment and salvaged from the original farm shed long since flattened by a cyclone, were presented by the family who purchased the farm from Albert’s estate 100 years ago. These hooks were used to mount a family tribute plaque, presented to the Hampden State School Museum at Kuttabul, on Anzac day 2016. RIP Albert.
Lest We Forget.
Ev. Brice Kaddatz

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Albert Christopher Julius GRAFFUNDER was born in Mackay, Queensland on 21st July, 1890

His parents were Julius Christopher GRAFFUNDER & Sylvia Ronilda Frances BEATON