Eric Carnagie ALEXANDER

Badge Number: 62518 / SA1041, Sub Branch: Colonel  Light Gardens
62518 / SA1041

ALEXANDER, Eric Carnagie

Service Number: 1876
Enlisted: 16 June 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 12 December 1891
Home Town: Mitcham, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Payneham State School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Natural Causes, Glen Osmond, South Australia, 8 February 1974, aged 82 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
General AC, Path 8, Grave 513.
Memorials: Port Elliot Institute Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1876, 27th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1876, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1876, 27th Infantry Battalion

Survived burial in a Trench, Pozieres 4 Aug 16

My brother, Harold Leslie Alexander, along side several other 27 Battalion solders were in a trench for protection from Artillery fire at Pozieres, when a shell collapsed the trench, burying all of us, on 4 August 1916.

We were dug out of the collapsed trench, but I was the only one to survive through my helmet being forced by the impact of the shell to cover my face, providing just sufficient air for me to breath for a short while.

Unfortunately, none of the others, including my brother, survived this catastrophe.

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