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Alexander MATTHEW

Regimental number1595
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
AddressViolet Street, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Diana Matthew, Glenorie, Violet Street, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 December 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Diana MATTHEW, Gordon Road, Roseville, New South Wales. Native of Balmain, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Lemnos, from On Command (Beach Party), 24 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916, of (1) being absent from Camp; (2) not complying with an order of a superior Officer: awarded 14 days' detention.

Transferred to and joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Found guilty, Mount Katoomba, 5 June 1916, of being absent without leave from Tattoo, 26 April, until arrested by Military Police at Port Said, 27 April 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Transferred to 59th Bn, Mount Katoomba, 12 May 1916; taken on strength, Ferry Post, 18 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MATTHEW Alexander

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