Alfred Harper (Al) WHALAN MM


WHALAN, Alfred Harper

Service Number: 255
Enlisted: 2 September 1914, Gympie, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Oberon, New South Wales, Australia, 20 October 1884
Home Town: Oberon, Oberon, New South Wales
Schooling: Oberon School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 September 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Murgon Memorial Wall, Murgon RSL Honour Board, Murgon War Memorial, Oberon Shire Honour Roll, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gympie, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 255, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 255, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 255, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 255, 49th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Alfred Harper (Al) WHALAN, born 1884, registered at East Macquarie; a Methodist unmarried labourer aged 29 and residing c/o  F. W. Caswell, Murgon Qld. Al embarked on HMAT Omrah [ship number A5] as a Private SERN: 255 with the 9th Infantry Battalion, Australian Infantry Force, in Brisbane on 24 September 1914; Al was in the 9th Battalion that landed on Gallipoli at 04:30 on 25 April 1915, he was wounded a couple of times, left in December 1915 to join the newly-formed 49th Battalion.

Al was killed in action aged 32 years in the first battle for the Somme on 3 September 1916 (body never found), memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, and was awarded the Military Medal.