Alfred James WILLIAMS


WILLIAMS, Alfred James

Service Number: 4240
Enlisted: 10 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goornong, Victoria, Australia, 1877
Home Town: Abbotsford, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station hand
Died: SW pelvis, Septic arthritis of Hip (excised) & Pneumonia, Ford House Section, 4th Southern General Hospital, Devonport, England, United Kingdom, France, 10 January 1917
Cemetery: Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Mil Con. Row C, Grave No. 3513, Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom, Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4240, 28th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4240, 28th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4240, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
11 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4240, 28th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt, GSW/SW groin & head. DoW England

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of the late William Henry and Catherine Jane Williams. Native of Goomong, Victoria, Australia.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

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

Died on this date – 9th January…… Private Alfred James Williams was born at Goornong, near Elmore, near Bendigo, Victoria in 1875.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10th February, 1916 stating he was a 36 year old, single, Station Hand (according to information provided by his sister for the Roll of Honour – Alfred was a Riveter & Boilermaker) from Cue, Western Australia.

Private Alfred James Williams embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Ulysses (A38) on 1st April, 1916 with the 7th Infantry Brigade, 28th Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcements. He embarked from Alexandria on 2nd June, 1916 & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 12th June, 1916.

On 26th July, 1916 Private Williams proceeded overseas to France from 7th Training Battalion in England. He was marched in to No. 2 A.D.B.D.(Australian Divisional Base Depot) at Etaples, France on 26th July, 1916. Pte Williams proceeded to join his Unit from No. 2 A.D.B.D. on 4th August, 1916 & was taken on strength with 28th Battalion on 8th August, 1916 from 10th Reinforcements.

He reported sick on 7th September, 1916 & was admitted to No. 3 Australian Field Ambulance with P.U.O. (Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin) then transferred to 13th Field Ambulance on 9th September, 1916. Private Williams was discharged to duty on 10th September, 1916 in Belgium.

On 11th November 1916 Private Williams was admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance with bullet wounds to thigh then transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station with gunshot wounds to left side. Private Williams was transferred to Ambulance Train then admitted to No. 1 Australian General Hospital at Rouen, France on 12th November, 1916. He embarked for England on Hospital Ship Formosa from Havre, France on 16th November, 1916.

On 18th November, 1916 Private Williams was admitted to 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, England with gunshot wounds to groin & head.

Private Alfred James Williams died at 6.45 am on 9th January, 1917 at Ford House Section, 4th Southern General Hospital, Devonport, England from wounds received in action in France – shrapnel wounds to pelvis, Septic arthritis of Hip (excised) & Pneumonia.
He was buried in Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon, England where 4 other WW Australian War Graves are located.

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