Alfred Ernest (Ernie) HUGHES

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HUGHES, Alfred Ernest

Service Number: 836
Enlisted: 15 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Summertown, South Australia, 10 March 1880
Home Town: Gilberton, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Uraidla Public School
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 4 August 1916, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Carey Gully WW1 Memorial, Uraidla War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 836, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 836, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 836, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...836 Private Alfred Ernest (Ernie) Hughes, D Company, 27th Battalion, of Gilberton, SA. Formerly a gardener and a driver, Pte Hughes enlisted on 23 February 1915 and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Geelong (A2) on 31 May 1915. He served on the Western Front and he was killed in action at Pozieres, France, on 4 August 1916, aged 36." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.

Ernest was born at Summertown and went to Uraidla School. He enlisted on 15 February 1915 in the base depot infantry and was transferred to the 27 th Battalion on 6 April 1915.

He sailed on the HMAT Geelong A2 for Egypt where he proceeded to join M.E.F. on the Gallipoli Peninsula. He received severe gunshot wounds to his shoulder and back on 21 September 1915 and transferred to No. 16 Clearing Station whereupon he was transferred two days later to the hospital and disembarked at Malta on 2 October 1915. He was admitted to the hospital ship Salta and travelled to England, arriving at Southern Hospital Birmingham on 15 November 1915.

After medical attention, he rejoined his unit on 9 March 1916 but was admitted to No. 26 General Hospital Etaples on 21 May 1916. He then rejoined his unit on 1 July 1916 but was killed in action on 4 August 1916 at Pozieres.

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