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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: Australian War Memorial. http://www.awm.gov.au/nominalrolls/ww1/embarkation/person.asp?p=105452
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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