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Alfred Clarence YOUDALE

Regimental numberR971
Date of birth11 January 1888
Place of birthBurwood, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressOrmond Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, J B Youdale, Ormond Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mongolia on 8 July 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollRoyal Flying Corps
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBorn 11 January 1888. Enlisted in A.I.F. on 8 January 1915 and was posted to 5th Reinforcements 7th Light Horse Regiment on 6 August 1915. Promoted to Sergeant 13 August 1915 and S.S.M on 14 November 1915. Returned to Australia on 20 January 1916 and re-embarked for Egypt on 12 August 1916. Discharged from A.I.F. to Royal Flying Corps (R.F.C.) on 20 February 1917 as a Second Lieutenant. Became a Pilot Officer on 9 April 1917 posted to No.37 Reserve Squadron. Despatched to France 2 June 1917 and posted to No.9 Squadron on 5 June 1917. Served on temporary duty with No.27 Squadron from 27 June to 2 July 1917. Was transferred to no.21 Squadron as Captain and Flight Commander on 21 September 1917. Wounded in the face on 4 October 1917 but returned to duty 5 October 1917. Killed in action 23 December 1917. Awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 26 September 1917), and two Bars, (first on 27 October 1917 and second on 4 February 1918, posthumously). All gazetted.
FateKilled in Action 23 December 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death29.11
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsArras Flying Services Memorial, France
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (window) in Ashfield Uniting (formely Methodist) Church, New South Wales. Parents: John Beaumont Youdale and Rebecca Youdale, 'Coniston', 43 Ormond Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1812 Sergeant Eric Maitland YOUDALE, Australian Army Pay Corps, returned to Australia, 4 July 1919; [10646] Lt Roy Harold YOUDALE, Australian Flying Corps, returned to Australia, 6 May 1919; 10688 Company Quartermaster Sergeant Stanley Robert YOUDALE, 3rd Divisional Train, discharged, 24 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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