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Number: Trooper 701

Battalion: 2nd reinforcement, 4th Light Horse and
changes to the 1st Anzac Light Horse

Place of Birth: Richmond 1872

Next of Kin: Miss Emma Watterson of
Pitfield Plains Victoria, later Mrs. Mary Alexander
wife of Chelsea London

Date and place of enlistment: Meeniyan 12/10/1914

Physical details on enlistment: Age 42, 5'9 ½",
10 stone 7 pounds, brownish eyes and
dark brown hair

Religion: Presbyterian

Occupation: Bush labourer and engine driver

Date and place of death: He was killed in an explosion at Bapaume on the night of 25 or 26/3/1917

Location of grave or memorial: He is named on the memorial at Villers Bretonneux

Relationship to Woorayl Shire: He appears to have a connection to the Meeniyan area

Military History:

12/10/1914 He enlisted in Meeniyan
3/2/1915 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Katuna
12/5/1915 He joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary force in Alexandria and went to Gallipoli
14/9/1915 He had dysentery and went to hospital at Anzac then on to Mudros.
18/9/1915 He was transferred to hospital in Gibraltar
2/10/1915 He was moved to Bristol
14/7/1916 He was released from hospital and rejoined his unit and proceeded to France on 29/8/1916
15/9/1916 He rejoined the 1st Anzac Army Corps 13th Light Horse
21/9/1916 He was assigned to transport duty
19/12/1916 He rejoined his unit
26/3/1917 He was reported missing after an explosion in Bapaume.
4/12/1917 A court of enquiry declared that he was killed in action
At the enquiry it was stated that George Alexander was sleeping in the Bapaume Town Hall (a YMCA facility) when it was destroyed by a mine explosion. He was never seen again.
In 1916 he married Annie Mary Pickford at St Georges Hanover Square London.



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