Eldred James BELFORD


BELFORD, Eldred James

Service Number: 3255
Enlisted: 13 July 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 22 August 1894
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Toronto Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Locomotive engine cleaner
Died: Died of wounds, Rouen, France, 19 June 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension
Plot 11, Row U, Grave 8
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton Loco Employees HR, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial, Newcastle Congregational Church, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Toronto Public School Pupils HB
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3255, Liverpool, New South Wales
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3255, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3255, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
6 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 1st Infantry Battalion
18 Jun 1916: Wounded Lance Corporal, SN 3255, 1st Infantry Battalion, GSW (bowel, buttock, abdomen)
19 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3255, 1st Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 1st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Son of James John and Priscilla Belford, of Fassifern, New South Wales. Brother of Miss M. Belford

"3255 Lance Corporal Eldred James Belford, a cleaner for the NSW Government Railway, of Toronto, New South Wales. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion on 13 July 1915 and embarked from Sydney on HMAT Themistocles on 5 October 1915 for Alexandria, Egypt. The battalion then sailed for Marseilles, France, en route to the Western Front on 28 March 1916 where Private Belford was promoted to LCpl on 6 April 1916. LCpl Belford was wounded in action near Fromelles, France, on 18 June 1916 and died the following day in No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, Rouen. He was aged 21 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.
104 years ago today, on the 19th June 1916, Lance Corporal Eldred James Stanhope Belford, 1st Battalion, engine cleaner and assisting fireman (NSW Government Railways & Tramways.), of Lorne, via Fassifern, New South Wales, died of wounds at 11.45 P.M., age 21 years 9 months.

Born at Hamilton, New South Wales on the 22nd August 1894 to James John (died 1934) and Priscilla (died 1939) Belford of Fassifern, New South Wales and 93 Anzac Parade, Kensington, N.S.W., Jack enlisted July 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W.
Wounded in action at Fleurbaix on the 18th June 1916 (severe bomb wound to abdomen).
Mr Belford is resting at Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension, France. Plot II Row U Grave 8.

His name has been inscribed on the Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Tighes Hill Public School Honor Roll, Hamilton Loco Employees Honour Roll, Gardner Memorial, Toronto Soldiers' Memorial, Toronto Public School Roll of Honour, Toronto Red Cross Honour Roll, Blackalls (Park) Roll of Honour, Newcastle Central Methodist Mission Roll of Honour, Book of Gold and the N.S.W. Govt Railways and Tramways Roll of Honour, 1914-1919.
The Lance Corporal Eldred J Belford Memorial (photo) was unveiled on the 12th November 1916 at the Toronto Methodist Church, presently on display at the Lake Macquarie & District Historical Society Inc., The Heritage Centre, Old Toronto Railway Station, Victory Pde, Toronto, N.S.W.

There is no headstone at the grave of Jack’s parents at Sandgate Cemetery, so I have placed a memorial cross on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) C NE. 32.

Younger brother Keith Alexander enlisted 1st A.I.F., rejected as he was under-age.
Lest We Forget.