Arthur Gladstone ALDERDICE

ALDERDICE, Arthur Gladstone

Service Number: 2101
Enlisted: 23 April 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Beechworth Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Wool Scourer
Died: Wounds received in action in France – G.S.W. (gunshot wounds) to Arms & Legs, London, England, United Kingdom, 15 August 1916
Cemetery: Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, London England
Australian Section, Grave 29, Earlsfield Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beechworth Christ Church Honour Roll, Beechworth Shire WW1 Honour Roll, Beechworth War Memorial, Walgett War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
16 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Sydney
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
15 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Arthur Gladstone ALDERDICE was born in 1881 in Beechworth, Victoria

His parents were Alexander ALDERDICE and Fanny YOUNG - his father was the Mining Registrar in Beechworth and was born in Lisburn, Country Antrim Ireland.  His Mother Fanny came from Stockport

Arthur married Ethel C. WATT in 1909 in Sydney, NSW

He enlisted at Liverpool on 23rd April, 1915 with the Australian Imperial Force & was assigned to the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion - Unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Karoola on 16th June 1915.  He was stationed briefly in Egypt before being deployed to Gallipoli on 6th August, 1915 where he took part in the reinforcement of Lone Pine

He was reported ill, suffering from diptheria on 2nd November 1915 and subsequently sent to Malta for recovery.  After Gallipoli he was redeployed to Egypt arriving on 18th February 1916.  He was promoted to Corporal on 24th March 1916.  He departed Marseilles on 28th May 1916 on board the ship Ivernia and was soon deployed to the Western Front.

Arthur was seriously wounded in action by an enemy shell on 25th July 1916.  He was transferred to a field hospital at Rouen on 27th July 1916 and then to the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth.  He died of tetanus on 15th August, 1916 and is buried in Wandsworth (Earlsfield Cemetery) London

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal - he is commemorated in the Australian War Memorial


06 Aug 1915 - Joined unit at Gallipoli

17 Nov 1915 - To hospital sick

30 Nov 1915 - Admitted to hospital in Malta

04 Dec 1915 - Sick, Diptheria

13 Feb 1916 - Embarked HT Simla

18 Feb 1916 - Disembarked Alexandria

06 Mar 1916 - Rejoined unit

22 Mar 1916 - Embarked at Alexandria for overseas

28 Mar 1916 - Disembarked at Marseilles

25 Jul 1916 - Wounded at Fleurbaix, France. Shell wounds to head, arms and legs

29 Jul 1916 - Transferred to England hospital 


Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 15th August…… Arthur Gladstone Alderdice was born at Beechworth, Victoria on 4th September, 1881.

He married Ethel Crawford Watt in Sydney, NSW on 17th March, 1909 at St. Phillip’s Church, Sydney. They had three children between 1910 & 1914.

On 6th April, 1915 Arthur Gladstone Alderdice enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) as a 33 year old, married, Wool Scourer from Neredah Street, Chatswood, New South Wales.

Private Arthur Gladstone Alderdice, Service number 2101, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on HMAT Karoola (A63) on 16th June, 1915 with the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements.

He joined his Unit with 2nd Battalion at Gallipoli on 6th August, 1915.

On 17th November, 1915 Private Alderdice was appointed Lance Corporal while posted at Gallipoli.

Lance Corporal Alderdice was sent to Field Ambulance on 28th November, 1915 sick. He was transferred & admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station on 28th November, 1915 then transferred to Hospital Ship Karapara on 30th November, 1915. Lance Corporal Alderdice disembarked at Malta on 4th December, 1915 & was admitted the same day to Imtarfa Military Hospital with Diptheria. (A Cable dated 4th January, 1916 stated “Diptheria. Progressing favourably at Imtafa.) Lance Corporal Alderdice was transferred to Ghain Tuffieha Camp (St Peter’s Hospital) on 12th January, 1916. He was transferred on H.T. Simla for Lines of Communication on 13th February, 1916 having been classified as fit for active service & disembarked at Alexandria on 18th February, 1916.

He was marched in to Australia Overseas Base at Ghezirah on 19th February, 1916. He was transferred from Australian Overseas Base on 5th March, 1916 & rejoined his Unit with 2nd Battalion at Serapeum on 6th March, 1916.

On 22nd March, 1916 Lance Corporal  Alderdice embarked for overseas from Alexandria on Troopship Ivernia & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 28th March, 1916. He had been promoted to Corporal on 24th March, 1916 while at Sea, vice Corporal Cook promoted.

Corporal Arthur Gladstone Alderdice was wounded in action in France on 25th July, 1916. He was admitted to 1st Field Ambulance with shell wounds to Head, Hand & Arm. Corporal Alderdice was transferred on 25th July, 1916 to No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station. He was transferred to No. 30 Ambulance Train & admitted to No. 3 Stationary Hospital at Rouen, France on 27th July, 1916 with G.S.W. (gunshot wounds) to Head, Arm & Leg. Corporal Alderdice was invalided to England on Hospital Ship St. Andrew on 29th July, 1916.

He was admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England on 30th July, 1916 with G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to Left Arm.

Corporal Arthur Gladstone Alderdice died on 15th August, 1916 at 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England from wounds received in action in France – G.S.W. (gunshot wounds) to Arms & Legs.

He was buried in Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, London, England where 34 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)