Albert Ernest MASTERS

Badge Number: SALM191, Sub Branch: Port Neill & Wharmind

MASTERS, Albert Ernest

Service Numbers: 1709, 1709a
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wokurna, South Australia, 1895
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: 19 August 1975, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Verran Cemetery, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1709, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1709, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 1709a, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Albert Masters was the son of Albert and Catherine Gertrude (nee Smith) Masters of Barunga North. 

Albert was born at Wokurna in 1895. A farmer, he was 20 years old when he enlisted in Adelaide on 29 February 1916. Albert was appointed to 2nd Reinforcements 50 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A60 “Aeneas” on 11 April 1916. He was taken on strength of 50 Battalion on 30 May 1916. Albert would be wounded three times.

In August 1916 50 Battalion was in the front line between Moquet Farm and Pozieres and was heavily bombarded. On the 16th Albert suffered shell shock and was taken from the trenches. 8 days later he rejoined his unit. Two months later he was taken sick to hospital in the field. Suffering from bronchitis and rheumatism he was invalided to England on 23 November. On 2 February 1917 he returned to France to rejoin 50 Battalion and on 28 March he suffered shell concussion when the outpost lines of 50 Battalion south of Noreuil were shelled. He was again taken from the field and returned to his unit three weeks later. Albert was again taken from the field in September suffering fibrositis before returning to his unit a month later. Finally in February 1918 severe dysentery caused Albert to be invalided to England on 24 February 1918.

Albert embarked from Liverpool aboard HT “Orca” on 19 February 1919 and disembarked in Adelaide on 29 March. He was discharged in Adelaide on 20 May 1919.