Edwin Robert ALAND

ALAND, Edwin Robert

Service Number: 3451
Enlisted: 25 August 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, 1872
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 29 July 1916
Cemetery: Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps
Plot 1, Row A, Grave 27, Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 In Memoriam Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3451, 25th Infantry Battalion, Toowoomba, Queensland
3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3451, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3451, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
29 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3451, 25th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Husband of Marion Aland of West Street, Toowoomba. Father of Robert Clegg Aland MC, returned to Australia, 8 September 1919

The "Toowoomba Chronicle" of Friday last, says:- " Particularly sad intelligence was received in town yesterday morning from the defence authorities, stating that  Private E. R.  Aland had been killed in action in France towards the end of July. Mr. Aland was extremely well and favourably known among a large circle of friends in Toowoomba and elsewhere, and they all will regret to hear of his death, more especially as he is survived by a widow and five children, three of whom are comparatively young.
For some fifteen years the late Private Aland was connected with the General Hospital in the capacity of secretary, and during that time very capably discharged his duties. He was unassuming to a degree, and was immensely popular. A son, Lieutenant R. C. Aland, is also in a fighting zone somewhere. The late gallant soldier was about forty-three years of  age. Private Aland has set a splendid example for others to do their bit for King and country. To the relatives, the sympathy of the entire community is extended, but the one  consoling balm is that their breadwinner died the noblest of deaths. Private Aland was a son of the late Mr. Robert Aland, for many years a colleague of the late Hon. W. H. Groom  as representatives of Drayton and Toowoomba in the Queensland Legislative Assembly." The deceased was a brother of Mrs. A. Woolcock, Denham street, Rockhampton, and Miss  Aland, Matron of the Mount Morgan Hospital.