Alfred Fewell

Pte A. Fewell 1169
Pte A. Fewell 1169

Name   Alfred Fewell

Number    Private 1169

Battalion      38th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Chelmsford Essex England

Next of Kin   His mother Mrs. Harriett Fewell No 2 Grays Lodge Smealey near Chelmsford Essex

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha on 20/3/1916

Physical details on enlistment   Age 21 years 4 months 5’7”, 152 pounds, grey green eyes and dark hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Farm labourer

Date and place of death

He was missing in action on 1/1/1917 at Armentieres and on 21/1/1917 he was declared to have been killed in action.

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived and worked in the Koonwarra area 

Military History

  • He attended a Board School in England
  • 20/3/16 He enlisted Leongatha
  • He lived in Koonwarra
  • He was in D Company 38th battalion
  • 20/5/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Runic
  • 10/8/16 He disembarked Plymouth
  • 2/8/16 At sea he suffered from tonsillitis
  • 7/8/16 He was discharged to duty
  • He had influenza and was in Fargo Military Hospital
  • 2/10/16 He was at Larkhill
  • 22/11/16 He went to France
  • 1/1/17 He was missing in action
  • 6/1/17 A Board of Enquiry stated that he is missing in action, he could be dead or captured. There is no evidence to decide which.
  • 21/1/17 He was declared killed in action signed by S H Crawford Captain
  • His effects consisted of badges, pouch. discs, testament, letters, photos, purse, notebook, wallet.
  • Harriett received her package of effects
  • 21/1/17 a board of enquiry was held.

Lt Poole evidence at the board of enquiry

On the night of the 13/12/16 and 1/1/17 Pte Fewell was one of a number sent on a raiding party the instructions were to enter enemy lines and bring back any information that could be gained. I also was a member of the above party, we never got into enemy lines being observed against his wires. only a few of the party got back. Private Fewell was one of the men who was unfortunate enough to be left in no mans land. To the best of my knowledge Pte Fewell was dead when we left him.

Signed 31/8/17 by H Poole before E Fluet

  • His mother received medals and plaque

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