Alec Lewis BAIN


BAIN, Alec Lewis

Service Number: 3526
Enlisted: 1 August 1915, 4 year 92nd Infantry
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 18 July 1895
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Scotch College, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Sniped, Head Wound, Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France, 3 September 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Pozieres British Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 38), France, Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Launceston Cenotaph, Tasmanian Amateur Athletics Association
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3526, 12th Infantry Battalion, 4 year 92nd Infantry
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3526, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3526, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 52nd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 52nd Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 3526, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Service Number: 3526
Rank: Lance Corporal
Unit: 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Enlisted: 1st March 1916
Date of death: 3rd September 1916
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 21 years
Cemetery or memorial details: Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Alec Lewis Bain was born 18 July 1895 in Launceston, third son of Lewis Edward Bain and Mildred Mary Cox. Lewis, an accountant, married Mildred on 9 September 1891 in Longford. In 1915 the family were living at 19 Frankland St in Launceston.

Alec joined the AIF on 1 August 1915 at Claremont, he was 20 years of age and he listed his occupation as a salesman. He was 5'10" tall, with a medium complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. His religion was listed as Church of England and his next of kin was listed as his father Lewis Bain.

He departed Melbourne on 10 November 1915 per HMAT A11 "Ascanis" and arrived in Egypt on 3 March 1916. He was transferred to Frances on 12 June 1916. He was killed in action at Mouquet Farm in France on 3 September 1916. He was bried in the Pozieres British Cemetery, Picardie, France.

His death was listed in the Examiner Newspaper on 6 October 1916 as:
BAIN - Killed in action in France between 3rd and 5th September, Alec Lewis Bain, loved youngest son of Lewis and Mildred Bain, aged 21 years. "For King and country". He gave his all while thousands shirked.
He is memorialized in Section F1, grave 239, on his parents headstone. His father, Lewis received his medals, Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque.