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Alford, George Robert (458)

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England

Age: 44 years 5 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 12 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 458            view online service record

8 Little Cruikshank Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Agnes Alford (wife)
8 Little Cruikshank Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 10 November 1915
Ship: HMAT Ascanius A11
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion

RTA: Friday, 19 October 1917
Discharged: Wednesday, 23 January 1918

Son: Ernest Albert Alford

George Alford of the 96 Raglan Street, Port Melbourne is listed among the Naval contribution to the Expeditionary Force that sailed for Rabaul in, what was then, German New Guinea, in September 1914.

1914 ‘GERMAN NEW GUINEA.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 14 September, p. 7. , viewed 07 Dec 2016,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 8, 2017 3.29 pm 0Likes

    Alford’s archives suggest he had previously served with the Victorian Naval Contingent of 200 men during the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, but virtually nothing is recorded of this brief action. He married Agnes Frances BUTLER in 1895, there were eight children of the marriage, the first in 1896 and including, remarkably, a son in South Melbourne in 1918 after George returned with the rank of Sergeant; Agnes would have been around 42 years of age.

    He died at 64 years of age in Caulfield (Repatriation Hospital?) on 22 September, 1932 and was interred in Brighton Cemetery, Agnes in Melbourne in 1953 at 77 years; their son Ernest Albert Alford (included) died of tuberculosis in the Caulfield Repatriation Hospital on 11 July, 1924, at just 29 years of age, his death officially attributed to War Service.

    DEATHS – ALFORD Agnes Frances of 47 Vale street, St. Kilda – On October 26, dearly loved wife of the late George Robert Alford, loving mother of Ernest (deceased), William (deceased), Ruth (Mrs. R. Bloomfield), Ellen (Mrs. J. Yenik), George, Margaret (Peggy deceased), Florence (Mrs. G. Moller), and Maurice and devoted grand-mother of Peggie, Pat, May and June, and loved great-grandmother of Lorraine and Michael aged 77 years. – Requiescat in pace.

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