Francis Oliver ALEXANDER

Male 1888 - 1917  (29 years)


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  • Name Francis Oliver ALEXANDER 
    Born 1888  Woodend, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 17 Jan 1916 to 4 Oct 1917  [2
    World War 1 

    • Francis Oliver ALEXANDER
      Regimental number: 5787
      Place of birth: Woodend, Victoria
      Religion: Presbyterian
      Occupation: Furnaceman
      Address: 848 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
      Marital status: Married
      Age at embarkation: 27
      Height: 5' 7"
      Weight: 140 lbs
      Next of kin: Wife, Mrs Florence Alexander, 848 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
      Previous military service: Nil; Previously rejected as unfit for service (bad teeth)
      Enlistment date: 17 January 1916
      Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll: 31 January 1916
      Place of enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
      Rank on enlistment: Private
      Unit name: 21st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
      AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/38/3
      Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
      Rank from Nominal Roll: Corporal
      Unit from Nominal Roll: 21st Battalion
      Fate: Killed in Action 4 October 1917
      Place of burial: No known grave
      Commemoration details: The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium
      The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

      The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

      The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

      Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

      Panel number, Roll of Honour,
        Australian War Memorial      93
       
      Other details     
      War service: Western Front

      Embarked Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916.

      Attached, 7th Training Bn for signals instruction, Rollestone, 1 January 1917.

      Appointed corporal, 24 January 1917.

      Marched out to 6th Training Bn, Lark Hill, 2 April 1917.

      Admitted to Military Hospital (sick), Tidworth, 28 May 1917; discharged to depot, Tidworth, 16 June 1917; rejoined 6th Training Bn from hospital, 18 June 1917.

      Embarked Southampton to join British Expeditionary Force, France, 23 July 1917.

      Taken on strength, 21st Bn, France, 9 August 1917.

      Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

      Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
      Sources      NAA: B2455, ALEXANDER Francis Oliver
    Died 4 Oct 1917  Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Killed in action 
    Person ID I9804  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2016 

    Father George William ALEXANDER,   b. 1862, Amherst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1949, Regent, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth FISHER,   b. 8 Sep 1865, Bealiba, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1934, Pirlta, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1883  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Florence Victoria ORFORD,   b. 1887, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1976, Hastings, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1909  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Francis George ALEXANDER,   b. 16 May 1910, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1963, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Lorna Florence ALEXANDER,   b. 1911, Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1936, Glenroy, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     3. Alen ALEXANDER,   b. 1912, Northcote, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, Northcote, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Leslie Ian ALEXANDER,   b. 1915, Carlton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 2003, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F6185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1888 - Woodend, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1909 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Killed in action - 4 Oct 1917 - Belgium Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1998), 1888/25839.

    2. [S286] AIF Project: Australian ANZACS in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918, UNSW@ADFA, (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au), Francis Oliver ALEXANDER, Regimental number: 5787.

    3. [S11] Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1997), 1909/8478.