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Full Name
Alfred William Alley
Rank Last Held
Corporal
Forename(s)
Alfred William
Surname
Alley
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
9872
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
1891
Place of Birth
Hikutaia, Thames, New Zealand
Religion
Anglican
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Boilermaker
Next of Kin
Mrs Clara Alley (Aunt), Hikutaia, Thames, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
144 Renwick Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Physical Description
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Distinctive marks: old Hernia Scar on left side
Enlistment Date
12 October 1915
Age on Enlistment
24
Body on Embarkation
Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
Embarkation Unit
1 Field Artillery Brigade - 12 to 16 Reinforcements (November 1915 - April 1916)
Embarkation Date
24 January 1916
Vessel
Berrima
Destination
Marseilles, France (28 March 1916)
Campaigns
  • France
  • Belgium
Military Awards
  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
  • Military Medal (MM)
Award Circumstances
MM awarded 24 April 1917. 'For gallant conduct during enemy attack on Noreuil on the morning of the 15.4.17. Bdr Alley went out and unaided carried in a wounded man a distance of about 200 yards across No Man's Land under enemy machinegun and artillery fire. Later when volunteers were called for to go out as stretcher bearers and bring in the wounded this N.C.O. was the first to volunteer and organised his gun detachment into bearer parties. He set a fine example to the men in his detachment. (SGD) H.B.W. Major- General, Commanding 1st Aust. Division
Wounds and Diseases
26 July 1916 : Wounded in action in France (remained at Duty)
Last Unit Served
Australian Field Artillery, 1st Division, Trench Mortar Battery
Place of Death
Belgium
Date of Death
20 April 1917
Age at Death
26
Year of Death
1917
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium
Grave Reference
Enclosure No. 21. D.11
Memorial Name
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
Alfred Alley was the son of Charles and Emily Alley. Brother of C.R. Alley & D.C. Alley.
Description of Image
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Allen E.J. - Allwill J.R. (photo J Halpin 2010)
Further References
Sources Used
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
Previous Military Experience
4 1/2 years New Zealand Infantry - Discharged when leaving Dominion.
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