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Alexander MORRIS

Regimental number5163
Place of birthYanac, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStudent
AddressGlastonbury Estate, Maroona, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.7
Height5' 6"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J Morris, Maroona, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4.5 years in the Melbourne University Rifles, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date21 February 1916
Place of enlistmentArarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 June 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date16 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 April 1916; disembarked Suez, 14 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 31 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 12 June 1916, and marched into 2nd Training Bn, Perham Downs.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1916.

Appointed Acting Corporal, with pay, 1 September 1916.

Joined 8th Bn, in the field, Belgium, 10 September 1916, and reverted to Pte.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 7 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 23 January 1917 (septic left ankle); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 2 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 8 February 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 10 April 1917 (carbuncle), and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 12 April 1917; to England, 2 May 1917, and admitted to Highbury VAD Hospital (affiliated to 1st Southern General Hospital, taken over by 2nd Birmingham War Hospital), 3 May 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 25 January 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 8 February 1918.

Attached for duty to AIF Headquarters, 3 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, 6 June 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 31 July 1918; discharged (medically unfit: disordered action of the heart), Melbourne, 16 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Plastenbury Estate.
Date of death20 March 1963
SourcesNAA: B2455, MORRIS Alexander

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