Alfred Glendower SHANKS

SHANKS, Alfred Glendower

Service Numbers: 3749, Q113903
Enlisted: 5 April 1915, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 5th (QLD) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Townsville, Queensland, 16 April 1896
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: West End State School and Townsville Grammar School
Occupation: Sinotype apprentice
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 13 May 1974, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: City of Townsville WW1 Honour Roll, Townsville Grammar School WWI Honour Board, Townsville No. 37 Magnetic Lodge P.A.F.S.O.A. Honor Board, Townsville West State School Memorial Gate
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World War 1 Service

5 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3749, Townsville, Queensland
24 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3749, 7th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3749, 7th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3749, 7th Field Ambulance, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
29 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3749, 7th Field Ambulance, 2nd Passchendaele
18 Apr 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3749, 7th Field Ambulance

World War 2 Service

13 Jan 1942: Enlisted SN Q113903, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Rockhampton, Queensland
13 Jan 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN Q113903, 5th (QLD) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
16 Sep 1946: Discharged Lieutenant, SN Q113903, 5th (QLD) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
16 Sep 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN Q113903, 5th (QLD) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

SHANKS, Alfred Glendower. Private, No. 3749, 7th Field Ambulance. Born at Townsville in 1896, and educated at West End State School and Townsville Grammar School. Son of Hugh Alexander and Martha Graham (nee Smith) Shanks, of Walker Street West, Townsville. Enlisted at Townsville and went to Thursday Island. Returned to Brisbane, and embarked for Egypt on 25th April 1915; then to Gallipoli, and was invalided in November to England. Sent to France, and served there till October, 1917, when he was gassed while stretcher bearing, and sent to Birmingham and Dartford Hospitals. Returned to Australia in January, 1918..." - from Queenslanders who fought in the Great War. 

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