Service Number: 104
Enlisted: 24 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 13th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: National School, Lisglennon, Killala, Co Mayo, Ireland
Occupation: Police Officer, Farmer
Died: Pulmonary tuberculosis, North Atlantic Ocean ( HMAHS Kanowna), At sea (North Atlantic Ocean ( HMAHS Kanowna)), 18 December 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commenced return to Australia 16 December 1917, for discharge (pulmonary tuberculosis); Buried at sea. VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Ireland Castlebar Mayo Peace Park Australian War Memorial, Surry Hills NSW Police Force Roll of Honour WW1, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
22 Oct 1914: Involvement Lance Corporal, 104, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
22 Oct 1914: Embarked Lance Corporal, 104, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
19 Dec 1917: Involvement Sergeant, 104, 13th Light Horse Regiment
Date unknown: Wounded 104, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

13th Australian Light Horse

Age on arrival in Australia 23


Next of kin John Alexander, Lisglennon, Killala, Co Mayo, Ireland
Previous military service-Served for 3 years with the African Police.

Address Police Barracks, Broken Hill, New South Wales

Enlistment date-24 August 1914

Place of enlistment-Adelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistment-Lance Corporal
Unit name
3rd Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron

Age at embarkation 32.

AWM Embarkation Roll number
Embarkation details
Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll
Unit from Nominal Roll
13th Light Horse Regiment
Died of disease 18 December 1917
Age at death
Place of burial
At sea

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 3rd Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 7 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 September 1915 (bomb wound, right thigh: serious); admitted to St Elmo Hospital, Malta, 1 October 1915; to Ghain Tuffilo, 9 October 1915; to England, 26 October 1915, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol, 4 November 1915.

Returned to Egypt; disembarked Alexandria, 28 February 1916, and taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Heliopolis, 1 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 13th Light Horse Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 2 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 June 1916. Taken on strength, 1st Anzac Army Corps Light Horse Regiment, 7 July 1916.

Promoted Farrier Sergeant, 29 July 1916.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 12 September 1916 (pleurisy), and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 19, 13 September 1916, and admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 13 September 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to England, 15 September 1916 (pleurisy), and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 16 September 1916. Discharged on furlough, 3 October 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 19 April 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 18 September 1917 (pleurisy), and transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 10, 19 September 1917, and admitted to 55th General Hospital, 20 September 1917; transferred to England, 23 September 1917, and admitted to County of London War Hospital, Napsbury (pleurisy: slight); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 October 1917. Discharged on furlough, 17 October 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 October 1917. Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 November 1917 (pleurisy); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Kanowna', 16 December 1917, for discharge (pulmonary tuberculosis); died on board ship, 18 December 1917; buried at sea.

NAA: B2455, ALEXANDER William