Alex Stratford NIVISON

NIVISON, Alex Stratford

Service Number: 7422
Enlisted: 8 September 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Walcha, New South Wales, Australia, 4 March 1894
Home Town: Walcha, Walcha, New South Wales
Schooling: Barker College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Natural causes, "Mirani", Walcha, , New South Wales, Australia, 28 June 1965, aged 71 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, 7422
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Driver, 7422, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Persic embarkation_ship_number: A34 public_note: ''
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Driver, 7422, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Persic, Sydney
9 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Excerpt from:

Jillian Oppenheimer, Horses and Guns. Poss Nivison's War with the Australian Field Artillery Brigades, on the Western Front, 1915-1919, Ohio Productions, Walcha, 2005. 

Poss Nivison was aged 21 when he enlisted at the Sydney National Park on 8 September 1915 with several of his Barker College school friends. he embarked as a Driver in the 14th Battery, 5th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery. on HMAT Persic on 18 November 1915, served in the Middle East and France, was wounded in action on 27 April 1916 in the village of Erquinghem sur Lys in France when behind the front line, he and two other soldiers were watering their horses when hit by an exploding 8 inch German shell. A fellow gunner was killed and Poss received a head wound and shrapnel penetrated his back and shoulder close to his heart. Three children standing nearby were killed and several others wounded. Evacuated to No 3 London General Hospital at Wandsworth where he received treatment and convalesced in England, he attended the cadet college, Royal Artillery School, St John's Wood, London, from 7 December 1916 to 4 April 1917, received a commission on 4 April and was promoted lieutenant on 1 August 1917. His 1917-19 war service was spent on the Western Front in France and Belgium with the 26th Battery of the 7th Field Artillery Brigade. He embarked from Liverpool for Australia on HT Khyber on 31 March 1919, arriving in Sydney on 14 May. His appointment was terminated on 9 July 1919.