No. 2124 Alfred Barrett
Alfred Barrett was born in Pyalong in 1890 to Alfred James Barrett and Annie (Marie) Maher. He had five brothers:
- Ellen Bridget
- Ivy (Tolson)
He was a constable before joining the AIF. Alfred Barrett was 26 years and three months old on enlistment. He was five feet and ten inches tall. Weighed 148 pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty four to thirty eight inches. His complexion was listed as fresh, with blue eyes and dark brown hair and all of this was listed on enlistment.
Alfred joined the AIF and started in Seymour with the 20th Light Horse Reinforcements on 15 June 1916 as a Private. He joined the 14th Light Horse regiment on 24 October 1916 and then the 15th Light Horse Regiment on 21 November 2016.
Alfred embarked in Melbourne on the Orsova on 6 December 1916, and on the Embarkation Rolls it states he was an Acting Sergeant. Alfred disembarked in Plymouth on 17 February 1917 and marched into the 13th Light horse regiment. He was in England for the next two months and proceeded overseas to France on 25 April 1917. He was in France from April 1917 to March 1918 and during this time he was a gunner but then appointed as a Driver.
Alfred was on leave in the United Kingdom when he became sick. He went back to France on 21 May 1918. No other details are at hand until Alfred returned to Australia on 2 April 1919. He was discharged on 5 July 1919.
Alfred and Ivy had two children:
- Alfred James Barrett - born 19 March 1914
- Vincent Kenneth - born 1931 (also died 1931).
Electoral rolls for 1937 in Bacchus Marsh advised that he was living in the Bacchus Marsh Police Station as Senior Constable Alfred Barrett.
- Alfred James Barrett - Clerk,
- Ivy Edith - Home duties, and
- William Sidney – Nil.
There are no records to be located, that can confirm Alfred's death and burial details.
Medals & Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
AIF project http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/index.html
National Archives of Australia http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/