Alfred George SINIGEAR

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SINIGEAR, Alfred George

Service Number: 16
Enlisted: 28 June 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood South Australia Australia, 5 May 1897
Home Town: Blackwood, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Coromandel Valley Public School and Adelaide High School, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk for Elder Smith & Co.s
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Name listed on Panel Number 4 on the Australian Memorial to the Missing at VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles.
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blackwood War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 16, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Geelong (A2)
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 16, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

LCpl Alfred George Sinigear

From Peter Barnes

When I was putting together the video ‘You Never Came Home’, I came across the photograph of the soldier on this post. He is included in the video.

He seems faraway.

I wonder what the soldier in this photograph is thinking. Had he just seen his mother who was upset because he was going to war. Could he be realising that he won’t be seeing his sweetheart for a long time, or maybe never again. This photograph captures a moment in time of a young life, who, in the end, was going to be a casuality in the worst day in our nation’s history.

The photograph is of Lance Corporal Alfred George Sinigear, 32nd Battalion. He was a clerk from Blackwood, South Australia, prior to enlistment. He embarked on HMAT Geelong on the 18th of November 1915. He embarked as a Private but was later promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.

Lance Corporal Sinigear was killed in action at the Battle of Fromelles on the 19th of July 1916, along with 2,000 other Australians. He was only 19.

He had only been on the front line a few days prior to the battle. It was also the first major battle conducted by Australian soldiers on the Western Front.

With the death of his mother in 1938, the name Sinigear died out in Australia.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From In Memory Of

In Memory Of Private Alfred George Sinigear.
A reflective look which could mean he was thinking of someone or what he was leaving.

He was the only son of Thomas and Ellen Sinigear of Blackwood, South Australia, and prior to enlistment, was a clerk.

Private Sinigear was in the 32nd Battalion and embarked on HMAT Geelong on the 18th of November 1915 and was later promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
Private Sinigear was killed in action at the Battle of Fromelles on the 19th of July 1916, along with 2,000 other Australian soldiers in that battle. He was aged 19 years.

He had only been on the front line a few days prior to the battle. It was also the first attack conducted by Australian troops on the Western Front.
With the death of his mother in 1938, the name Sinigear died out in Australia.

My Great Grandmother’s brother, Private Josiah Willey, died that same day in the battle and left behind a wife and four children. As Private Sinigear, Private Willey also has no known grave.
Lest We Forget.

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