Alexander Neil MCKENDRICK

MCKENDRICK, Alexander Neil

Service Number: 3678
Enlisted: 1 October 1915, Claremont, Tas.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Zeehan, Tasmania, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 29 July 1916
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 12
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3678, 26th Infantry Battalion, Claremont, Tas.
5 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 3678, 26th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
5 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 3678, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
29 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3678, 26th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Killed in action

Finding Alex

As a very young child I can remember my grandmother, on my mothers side, tell me that her brother had been killed in a war, it was something I didn't understand, but I never forgot her words.

As a young man I can recall my mother telling me the story, of taking my grandmother to the Canberra War Memorial and finding Alex's name on the wall,
and the tears that flowed as my grandmother ran her hand across his name.

Little did I know that nearly 100 years after his death at Pozieres, and 30 years after the passing of my grandmother, that I would truly understand the significance of the loss as I stood on the very ridge where he was killed at Pozieres.

Alex Mckendrick was the older brother of my grandmother, he was 21 when he was killed, he was from a tiny town in South West Tasmania.

Rest In Peace Alex.

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