Andrew Giffen ALSTON


ALSTON, Andrew Giffen

Service Number: 1786
Enlisted: 20 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wahgunyah, Victoria, Australia, 5 July 1895
Home Town: Corowa, Corowa Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Corowa Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 28 January 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 32, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Corowa War Memorial, Daysdale Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1786, 37th Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1786, 37th Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1786, 37th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Andrew's father died in 1906 and his mother, two brothers and three sisters lived on a farm at Coreen near Corowa NSW. The local papers reported that he was he was given a send off at the Coreen Hall in 1916 and that he was one of the finest young fellows in the district. His loss was particularly hard on his mothers and sisters as he was the only single son in the family.

From his Red Cross Wounded and Missing file Alston was killed in action during a raid on the German trenches at Houplines by the 37th Battalion on 28 January 1917. The wire was not cut and casualties were heavy, the enemy machine guns opened fire whilst the raiders were trying to get over the wire and they did not get into the enemy trenches. Alston was severely wounded on the return trip and died about an hour later. 13 men from the unit were killed during this raid.