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Trooper 701

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

Richmond, Victoria 1872

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

Meeniyan, Victoria 12/10/1914

Age 42, 5'9 ½", 10 stone 7 pounds, brownish eyes and dark brown hair


Bush labourer and engine driver

He was killed in an explosion at Bapaume, France on the night of the 25 or 26/3/1917

He is named on the memorial at Villers Bretonneux, France

He appears to have a connection to the Meeniyan area

◈ 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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