Hubert De Vere ALEXANDER

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ALEXANDER, Hubert De Vere

Service Number: 1502
Enlisted: 16 February 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Second Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Field Company Engineers
Born: Wollongong, New South Wales, 19 April 1887
Home Town: Stanmore, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Newington College, Stanmore ,Uni, Sydney Uni
Occupation: Mining Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Lihons, France, 17 August 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery
Plot IV Row D, Grave 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1502, Perth, Western Australia
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1502, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1502, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Corporal , SN 1502, 4th Field Company Engineers, "The Last Hundred Days"

Hubert De Vere Alexander

Hubert was a mining Engineer working in Western Australia prior to the War, he enlisted into the AIF on the 16-02-1915, and he was allocated to the 3rd Reinforcements of the 8th Battalion AIF, also he states that he served 12 weeks with the AIF Light horse Western Australia and was discharged at his own request. He proceeded to Gallipoli with the 8th Battalion on the 08-05-1915, transferring to the 4th Field Company Engineers while on the Gallipoli peninsular on the 05-12-1915.
It seems Hubert didn’t like promotion, he was appointed L/Cpl on the 26-01-1916 but reverted to a Sapper at his own request on the 31-01-1916. Promoted Acting Sergeant 31-05-1917, then ER CQMS on the 29-05-1917 but again reverted to a Sapper at his own request on the 01-12-1917. Again appointed L/Cpl on the 01-04-1918, then his last promotion to Temporary 2nd Cpl was just before his death on the 02-07-1918.
Hubert was killed in action by a High Explosive shell during operations on the morning of the 17-08-1918. His death was instantaneous, his body was brought in and buried in the British Military cemetery at Bayonvillers.
Serbian Gold Medal for bravery and Military Virtue, Listed in the CG 25-07-1917 Page 1543

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Biography

Awarded - Serbian Gold Obilich Medal for Bravery (www.awm.gov.au)

Hubert was born in 1887 in Wollongong, NSW, to Stanley De Vere Hastings ALEXANDER and Maud Marion BROCK who married on 5th March, 1878 in Richmond, Tasmania

"ALEXANDER.- Killed in action, August 17, 1918, Sapper Hubert de Vere Alexander, 4th Field Company Engineers, aged 31 years and 4 months, after three and-a-half years' active service." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 11 Sep 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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