Alfred Benjamin NEEDHAM


NEEDHAM, Alfred Benjamin

Service Number: 92987
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: Unspecified Canadian Army Units
Born: 15 October 1876, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Melbourne Grammar School, Geelong College
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, Longueval, Somme France, 27 October 1916, aged 40 years
Cemetery: Longueval Road Cemetery, France
Row G, Grave 7 Headstone Inscription "FOR GOD,KING & COUNTRY THY WILL BE DONE"
Memorials: Geelong College Anglo-South African War Memorial, Geelong College WW1 Roll of Honour, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1916: Wounded SN 92987, Unspecified Canadian Army Units, Killed in action, shell burst over trench.

Served in the Canadian Army - Canadian Garrison Artillery, 98th Seige Battery

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones


Who was killed in action at Longueval in France on 28th October 1916 was the son of the late Mr. F. W. Needham. He was born in 1876 and was at the Melbourne Grammar School in 1888, afterwards going on to Geelong College in July 1889. He saw active service in the South African War. He was in the engagement at Nicholson's Nek, when he was shot through the shoulder and taken prisoner. After the war he went to England, thence to the United States, and on to Canada. After his many wanderings he settled down there and joined the military forces in Canada.  He became a gunner in the Garrison Artillery at Victoria, British Columbia, and was well known as a cricketer. He was a Corporal in the Canadian Siege Brigade which went to France early in the war. He was asleep in his dug-out at 1 o'clock in the morning, after a spell in the firing line, when a shell burst and killed him.

Source : War Services Old Melburnians 1914 – 1918


Son of Margaret L. DRAPER (formerly NEEDHAM), of "Larnooi" Ethel Street, Malvern, Victoria, Australia, and the late P. W. NEEDHAM.