Alfred Raymond YARD

Badge Number: 75433, Sub Branch: TATIARA

YARD, Alfred Raymond

Service Number: 4390
Enlisted: 30 September 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leasingham, South Australia , 7 March 1894
Home Town: Bowmans, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: War related injuries, Wakefield Hospital Adelaide,South Australia, 9 August 1956, aged 62 years
Cemetery: Bordertown Cemetery
Memorials: Peterborough Uniting Church Porch Memorial Leadlight Window 1, Port Wakefield Bowmans Methodist Church & District WW1 Roll of Honour, Port Wakefield Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

30 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4390, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4390, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4390, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
14 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4390, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Alfred  Raymond Yard was born at Leasingham on 7 March 1894 and died in the Wakefield Hospital Adelaide of War related illness on 9 August 1956 aged 62.

During the war Ray was hospitalised for trench feet and later as a result of German gas attacks; given his siblings lived well into their 80s the war had shortened his life by at least 20 Years.

On returning from war in 1919 Ray as he had become known applied for and was granted a  640  acre  block at Murrayville in Victoria , under the soldier settlement scheme.

In 1921 Ray  married Beryl Alice Starling at Pinnaroo.  They had 6 children, Beryl Emma, Gordon Walter, Mavis Mary, Betty Gladys, Dorothy Winfred, and Thomas Alfred. Ray and Beryl divorced in 1932 and Ray had custody of the children.

In 1934 Ray married Annie Maude Smerdon  and they had 4 children Evelyn Ann, John Raymond ,Florence  Rae and Alma Maude. By this time Ray had built his holding at Murrayville to 1600 acres and in 1935 bought 2600 acres of virgin land just north of Bordertown in South Australia , which he set about clearing, however this was delayed by the advent of World War 11 as you could not get super or fencing wire for new development.

Development was recommenced in the late forties and in 1950 Ray and Annie together with the younger children moved to Bordertown, leaving  Rays 2 sons from his first marriage to share farm the Murrayville land.

Ray with help from his sons continued development of the Bordertown land but this was curtailed by his death in 1956.

Annie passed away in 1976 and they are both buried in the Bordertown Cemetery.   

Apart from Rays name being on the memorial gates there is a paving stone baring his  name at R.S.L Hall in Bordertown.

Written by John Yard  - March 2015

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