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Frank Sydney ALDERSON

Regimental number1703
Date of birth1 June 1896
Place of birthBulli, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
AddressDeepdene, Parramatta Road, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, H.W. Alderson, Parramatta Road, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service39th Infantry
Enlistment date5 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollTemporary Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Rank given on Nominal Roll as Corporal.
Discharge date6 March 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1702 Sergeant Henry ALDERSON, 13th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Evacuated to hospital, Gallipoli, 17 August 1915; admitted to Floriani, Malta, 21 August 1915 (influenza); aboard Hospital Ship, Gibraltar, 27 September 1915; transferred to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 2 October 1915.

Commenced return to Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from England as part of 17th Draft, 1 February 1916; attached to 'A' Details, Zeitoun, Egypt, 4 March 1916, and rejoined 13th Bn, Tel el Kebir, the same day.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 9 December 1916.

On leave in England, 9 January 1917, and reported sick; admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 10 January 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 20 January 1917; discharged, 14 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 64 days.

Marched out of No 1 Command Depot, no date stated; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 18 March 1917.

Found guilty, 27 April 1917, of being absent without leave from 2130 hours, 24 April 1917, until 2130 hours, 26 April 1917: award, reprimanded, and forfeits 3 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Transferred to, and marched into 61st Bn, Wareham, 23 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1917, and transferred to 13th Bn the same day; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 30 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 3 May 1918; taken on strength of 13th Bn, 3 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 June 1917, and admitted to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gun shot wound, right hand and loss of 3 fingers); transferred to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 9 June 1917; to England, 13 June 1917; to Lewisham Military Hospital, 15 June 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 September 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 5 November 1917; disembarked Sydney, 3 January 1918; discharged Sydney (medically unfit), 6 March 1918.

Total war service: 3 years 29 days (of which 2 years 292 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 August 1929
Age at death33
Place of burialRookwood Cemetery (Methodist Section), Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALDERSON Frank Sydney

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