King, Alfred William (2675)

Place of Birth: Leongatha, VIC

Age: 21 years

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 25 July 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 2675            view online service record

Address:
389 Graham Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Alfred W King (father)
389 Graham Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 2 October 1916rtesy of
Ship: HMAT Nestor A71
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion – 6th Reinforcements

Fate:
KIA: Saturday, 12 May 1917
Place: France


A plaque on a roadside in France pays tribute to Alfred …

From Your Loving Sister Glady
From Port Melbourne
I Will Always Remember

Mrs Stafford, Port Melbourne, Victoria

In later years, Alfred’s sister, Gladys Stafford, lived in Williamstown Road on the corner of Griffin Crescent.

Photo courtesy of Ron Bedford


Private, 57 Infantry, killed in action 12 May, 1917, France, aged 22, commemorated London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, France.

Parents: Alfred W KING, born Leongatha. He enlisted as a 21-year-old tailor’s presser from Graham Street, numbers alternating between 389 and 397. King was originally posted Missing, later confirmed dead by eyewitnesses that suggested a high-explosive shell had killed him and five others. The group were buried nearby, but their remains later proved untraceable. No known grave, no circular returned.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says

    “… he was killed in action at Bullecourt on 12.5.1917. He was buried in the field under heavy shell fire. We could not get him back to the Cemetery and the conditions would not allow us to do so. Pte. King was a man between 5’6 and 5’8, about 10 stone in weight, dark hair and dark complexion, I regret to say he was very much missed in the company as he was well liked and I must say I am sorry for keeping you waiting for the little information that I have, but shortly after I buried Pte King I got hurt myself and went to England …” (W. Curry, Cpl., A. Coy, 57th Battn)

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