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Alfred Williamson

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1887
Place of birth:
Footscray, Victoria, Australia

General information

Last known residence:
South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Profession:
Labourer
Religion:
Church of England

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
4784
Enlistment date:
31/01/1916
Enlistment place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 24th Bn. (Victoria)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
02/10/1917
Place of death:
Brick Kiln & Yard, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
30

Cemetery

Birr Cross Roads Cemetery
Plot: V
Row: A
Grave: 3

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

Alfred Williamson, a former labourer, was born in June, 1887 in Footscray, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Mr. W and Mrs. E Williamson, and was married to May Alice Williamson. On January 31, 1916 he enlisted in Melbourne and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A14 Euripides on April 4, 1916, with the 12th reinforcement of the 23rd Battalion, part of the 6th Australian Brigade of the 2nd Australian Division.

The Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde on the 4th of October 1917, a stage in the Third Battle of Ypres. The attack of the Division was carried by the 6th and 7th Australian Brigades, with the 6th Brigade’s attack led by the 21st and 24th Battalions, and the 23rd Battalion in reserve, providing ammunition carrying- and digging parties. Before the attack, on October 1, 1917 the Battalion was at the front line near Zonnebeke Lake. On October 2, the Battalion was relieved and returned to Anzac House. On that day, the Battalion suffered 8 casualties.

Alfred, aged 30, was killed in action on October 2, 1917. Private Williamson was found after the war where he fell, near Brick Kiln & Yard (28.D.28.c.30.95); his remains were exhumed and reinterred at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery; Plot 5, Row A, Grave 3.

Sources 4

23rd Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/40/25).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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6th Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/6/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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