Alfred LE ROY


LE ROY, Alfred

Service Number: 207
Enlisted: 18 January 1915, An original of A Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Whroo, Victoria, Australia, 24 May 1897
Home Town: Richmond (V), Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: South Preston State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed In Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 207, 21st Infantry Battalion, An original of A Company
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 207, 24th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 207, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 207, 60th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Alfred Le Roy was living with his mother Jane at 58 Highett Street, Richmond at the time of his enlistment. His father had passed away in 1905 when Alfred was only 8 years of age. He was one of nine children. He was born in the small town of Whroo, near Rushworth, his family appearing to have operated a butcher's shop at the latter centre for several years.

Le Roy suffered severe gunshot wounds to both legs late at Anzac Cove in September, 1915, when serving with the 21st Battalion, and was repatriated to hospital, firstly in Egypt and later to London. He was re-assigned to the 60th Battalion in April 1916 and was one of the hundreds from the unit listed as missing after the Battle of Fromelles on the 19 July 1916. He was not confirmed as killed in action until 12 months later.

His eldest brother, 2412 Cpl. Thomas Le Roy 46th Battalion AIF, was killed in action 5 April 1918, aged 30.