Albert Mortimer Smith WINTER

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WINTER, Albert Mortimer Smith

Service Number: 2239
Enlisted: 5 March 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Langhorne Creek South Australia Australia, 12 April 1893
Home Town: Langhorne Creek, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Mulgundawa school and Flaxley school
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux Picardie France, 25 April 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Commemorated on the Australian National War Memorial France - Villers-Bretonneux, France
Memorials: Adelaide M04d The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, LanghorneCreekHB1*, LanghorneCreekM*, National War Memorial (South Australia), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

5 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 10th Infantry Battalion
4 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 50th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2239, 50th Infantry Battalion, Messines
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2239, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

Born at Nalpa Station, Willington (near Langhorne Creek) on the 12th April 1893, in the states south, Albert Winter was the second son of Richard and Emma Winter. He was educated Mulgundawa school and Flaxley school. By the time he enlisted he was 22 years old and working as a labourer near Langhorne Creek. 

Enlisting on the 5th March 1915 he was drafted into the 6th Reinforcements, 10th Battalion. He underwent brief training in South Australia before embarking with the 10th Battalions 1st to 8th Reinforcements at Outer Harbour, Adelaide on HMAT Borda (A30) on the 23rd June 1915.

He served for a short time with the 10th Battalion on Gallipoli from 4th August, 1915 onward until the 9th of August, 1915 when he admitted and withdrawn to Egypt with measles. He rejoined his unit in Egypt in late December, 1915. In late January he was once again taken ill with Bronchitis and rejoined the 10th Battalion in March, 1916.

On the 2nd of April, 1916 while the AIF underwent an expansion and reorganisation Albert Winter was transferred to the newly estiblished 50th Battalion and later relocated to the Western Front in France.

He was promoted to the rank of temporary corporal on the 4th of April, 1917 after the Battle of Noreuil and wounded in action during Messines on the 7th of June, 1917 with a gun shot wound to his thigh. He rejoined the 50th in August 1917 having fully recovered at Base Depot on the French coast. 

In September, 1917 he was promoted to Corporal and then took out leave to the UK in mid October 1917. On 1st of November, 1917 he rejoined the 50th in France and was promoted to Sergeant on the 5th. 

On the 25th of April (ANZAC Day), 1918 he was involved with the recapture of Villers-Bretonneux with the 50th Battalion. Although successfully recaptured, during the battle Albert Winter was killed during the course of the attack and like many of his colleagues has no known grave. 

 

1914/15 Star: 4494

British War Medal: 14876

Victory Medal: 14818

 

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