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, 1881
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Beechworth Grammar School
Occupation: Wool Scourer
Died: Died of Illness (tetanus), London, England, 15 August 1916
Cemetery: Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery
Australian Section, Grave 29
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World War 1 Service

23 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
16 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Sydney
16 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 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, SN 2101, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 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