William ALABASTER MM

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ALABASTER, William

Service Number: 1059
Enlisted: 27 October 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: London England, 1891
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Essex Road School, East Ham, London, England
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of wounds, France, 5 April 1918
Cemetery: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1
Plot VI, Row D, Grave 31
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1059, 13th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1059, 13th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1059, 13th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
15 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1059, 13th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1059, 45th Infantry Battalion, Messines
14 Jun 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Messines, 45th Infantry Battalion
5 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1059, 45th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

There is some doubt about his place of birth; the CWGC record which includes information provided by his parents when they returned the Final Verification Papers states that he was a native of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England. It is likely that he was born in Poplar, east London. This is especially likely as he attended school at Essex Road School, East Ham, London, England

He was 27 and the son of Elizabeth and the late Edwin Richard Alabaster.

In the United Kingdom, he is honoured on the war memorial  now in Prittlewell Priory, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

 

 

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Parents: Elizabeth and Edwin Richard ALABASTER, 44 Wellington Avenue, West Cliff on Sea South End, England

William emigrated to Australia in 1912 aged 21