Alexander HOOD

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HOOD, Alexander

Service Number: 3607
Enlisted: 21 February 1916, Bathurst, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
Born: West Calder, Scotland, 1874
Home Town: Homebush, Strathfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Contractor
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 31 October 1917
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Strathfield WWI Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

21 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3607, Bathurst, New South Wales
22 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3607, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 May 1916: Embarked Sergeant, SN 3607, No 4th Tunnelling Company - Headquarters No 1, HMAT Warilda, Sydney
31 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3607, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), 2nd Passchendaele

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...3607 Sergeant Alexander Hood, 4th (later 1st) Australian Tunnelling Company of Homebush, NSW. A contractor prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Warilda (A69) on 22 May 1916. He was killed in action, aged 43, when a shell hit the cook house near the Ypres-Menin Road, Belgium on 31 October 1917. He is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Alexander Hood was born in Scotland and was the eldest of nine children when his family moved to New South Wales some time during 1885 when he was about 11 years of age. Alexander was married to Edith during 1900 when he was about 26 years of age. When he enlisted in the AIF, he was the father of 8 children and he served with the 1st Tunnelling Company. From his Red Cross files, he was a very popular Sergeant at the time of his death when he was killed by a shell which fell on the cookhouse of the unit 31 October 1917. Most of the eye witnesses to his death knew his age (43 years) and the fact that he was the father to so many children. His much younger brother, 4210 Pte. Colin Ferguson Hood, 2nd Battalion AIF was killed in action during the taking of Pozieres on 24 July 1916, age 24.

Of Alexander’s sons, two died during WW2, NX33906 Robert Hood 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion was born in 1905, and died of illness as a prisoner of war in Burma on 10 October 1943. NX4757 Dugald Roderick Hood, 2nd/3rd Infantry Battalion was born in 1914 and died in Papua New Guinea on 27 January 1945.

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