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Alfred Alexander JOHNSTON

Regimental number238
Place of birthGawler, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop assistant
AddressEdmund Street, Norwood, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.25"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Wenham, Edmund Street, Norwood, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Bakery
FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Discharge date22 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HAMT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 27 February 1916 (tonsillitis); transferred to No 8 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 27 February 1916; to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 29 February 1916 (influenza); discharged, 10 March 1916; rejoined 32nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Transferred to 4th Field Bakery, 20 March 1916; taken on strength of 4th Field Bakery, Tel el Kebir, 21 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, 3 October 1916 (septic throat); discharged and rejoined unit, 18 October 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, 12 November 1916 (influenza); transferred to England, 19 November 1916; to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 20 November 1916 (bronchial catarrh); discharged to furlough from No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Perham Downs, 29 November 1916.

Admitted to King George Military Hospital, 7 December 1916; discharged, 5 January 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 7 January 1917 (Class B1A).

Reclassified B1A3, 29 January 1917.

Found guilty, 26 January 1917, of being absent from midnight, 19 January 1917, until 2215 hours, 25 January 1917: awarded 5 days' confined to camp and forfeits 6 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Marched into No 4 Camp, Parkhouse, 2 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 April 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 19 April 1917.

Taken on strength of Bakery Reinforcements, Rouen, 26 April 1917; proceeded to unit, 27 April 1917; rejoined 4th Field Bakery, 28 April 1917.

Found guilty, 31 May 1917, of drunkenness: award, deprived of 7 days' pay.

Found guilty, 15 November 1917, of while on active service being absent from night work from 2145 hours, 14 November 1917, until 0600 hours, 15 November 1917: award, admonished and forfeits 1 day's pay by Royal Warrant.

On leave to United Kingdom, 4 February 1918; rejoined unit, 24 February 1918.

Found guilty, 3 March 1918, of overstaying leave on 19 February 1918: award, admonished and forfeits 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, 1 May 1918, of when on active service breaking out of camp: award, deprived of 3 days' pay.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 8 May 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged and rejoined unit, 15 May 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 14 August 1918 (influenza); discharged and rejoined unit, 21 August 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 13 November 1918 (sprained ankle); discharged and rejoined unit, 24 November 1918.

Found guilty, 16 December 1918, of when on active service being absent from duty: award, deprived of 1 day's pay.

Proceeded to England, 5 February 1919; marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery Camp, Heytesbury, 22 February 1919.

Marched out to 2nd Training Brigade, Codford, 19 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Sardinia', 19 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 3 June 1919; discharged Adelaide (medically unfit), 22 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 December 1921
Age at death28
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 6 East, Grave 14), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNSTON Alfred Alexander

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