Alfred Charles Borle GEDDES


GEDDES, Alfred Charles Borle

Service Number: 2581
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 3rd Field Company Engineers
Born: 10 Chapel St, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, 2 November 1897
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telephone Mechanic
Died: Killed in action, France, 11 February 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Nov 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 2581, 3rd Field Company Engineers
9 Nov 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 2581, 3rd Field Company Engineers, RMS Mooltan, Sydney
11 Feb 1917: Involvement Sapper, SN 2581, 3rd Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 19 and the son of John Graham Geddes and Eleanor Elizabeth Geddes, of "Clyde," Palmerston St., Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia.

He is one of 11 Australian soldier casualties of the Great War who are remembered on the Rutherglen war memorial.


The main memorial, The Cenotaph, was constructed in the 1920's and stands at the west end of Rutherglen Main Street. A further memorial stands in Rutherglen cemetery. Although the Sword of Remembrance memorial at the entrance to Rutherglen Cemetery, again constructed in the early 1920's, contains an inscription it contains no names unlike the Cenotaph.

 The main memorial was unveiled on 26th October 1924; the memorial itself was by Robert Gray sculptors of Glasgow, and the bronze figure of 'Courage' is by George Henry Paulin.

The provost of Rutherglen called a meeting on 10th May 1920 to consider the erection of a memorial. After some debate it was decided to erect a commemorative memorial rather than a utilitarian memorial such as a hospital or social club. By 1921 the decision was taken to halt fund raising " in respect that there was at present in the Burgh considerable distress in consequence of the large amount of unemployment for which a Public Relief Fund was presently being raised". It is worth remembering that the vast majority of war memorials were erected by public subscription made up from large numbers of small donations from ordinary people who by 1921 were suffering badly from high unemployment.

On this memorial he is recorded as Alf G.Geddes