Alfred Dennis (1893-1970)Subject
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No.3110 Alfred Dennis
Alfred was born in 1893 at Braunton England. The family emigrated to Australia leaving the Port of Plymouth on 3 April 1913 on board the Demosthenes. Arrival port on the manifest is Brisbane on 15 May 1913. Port at which passengers have contracted to land is Melbourne.
Alfred enlisted in Melbourne at the age of 21 years and 10 months on 5 July 1915. He was 5 feet 11 ¾ inches tall. Weighed 11 stone. His eyes were blue, and his hair was dark brown. On his enlistment papers his next of kin was his mother, Mrs Emma Foxford, Cockatoo Creek, Victoria. Cockatoo Creek is about 40 kilometres from Werribee. His mother was Emma Dennis, she married Samuel Foxford in 19 September 1897 at St Brannocks, Braunton, Devon. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
He enlisted into the 5th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement and embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915.
Alfred moved around a lot in his three years’ service in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). He was taken on strength at Tel el Kebir on 7 January 1916. During the Gallipoli landings and the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of the First World War, Tell El Kebir was a training centre for the First AIF Reinforcements.
Transferred to 57th Battalion 17 February 1916. Transferred to 59th Battalion 15 March 1916. Mustered as a Gunner and was transferred to 15th Field Artillery Brigade 17 March 16. Proceeded to Alexandria on 17 Jun 1916 for transfer to France. Disembarked Marseilles on 29 June 1916
He was wounded in the field on 14 October 1916 with Gun Shot Wound to his Finger. Transferred to England from Boulogne Hospital, France 29 January 1917. Admitted to Bath War Hospital, finger wound right hand 30 January 1917.
He proceeded back overseas to France from Folkestone on 20 April 1917 and was taken on strength with the 54th Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Brigade on 8 May 1917.
He was again wounded in action on 31 July 1917 - Elbow wound. Embarked on St Andrew for England and was admitted to the Northampton War Hospital, Duston on 3 August 1917.
Alfred returned to Australia on board the S.S. Durham Castle from England on 10 March 1918 and was medically discharged with a Gun Shot Wound to his left elbow on 17 June 1918.
Alfred lived in Nambour, Queensland where he married his first wife, Ada Maybelle Sutton on 25 June 1919. Ada passed away on 29 August 1924 in Richmond, Victoria.
His second wife was Jean McFarlan Whitecross and they married in 1931. Jean passed away on 16 May 1960 in Buderim, Queensland.
Alfred passed away in Buderim, Queensland on 13 February 1970, aged 76.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/15 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal