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Budd, Albert Edward (709) aka Joe

Place of Birth: Collingwood, VIC

Age: 36 years 8 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 19 August 1914 – Albert Park, VIC

Service Number: 709            view online service record

258 Ross Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
H Knight
6 Barlow Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Orvieto A3
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion

RTA: Friday, 8 October 1915
Discharged: Monday, 28 February 1916

1915 ‘”Have done my Best.”.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 17 July, p. 4, viewed 30 June, 2015,

On 19 October 1917, Joe, as he was widely known, murdered his foster sister, Annie Samson. Annie was married to George Samson who was serving overseas at the time. She was well known in Port as a member of the Women’s Welcoming Committee (WWC) and Honorary Secretary on the local branch of the Political Labour Council.

Joe Budd was executed at Pentridge on 29 January 1918.

You can read more about the work of the WWC and Annie’s murder in Terry Keenan’s book Welcoming the Wounded Anzacs.

1917 ‘TRAGEDY.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 27 October, p. 3. , viewed 12 Oct 2017,

1918 ‘EXECUTION OF BUDD.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 2 February, p. 4. , viewed 31 Jan 2018,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted August 25, 2017 12.57 pm 0Likes

    “Private A. E. Budd, who is reported wounded, is 38 years of age, and a native of Port Melbourne. Before leaving for Egypt he resided at Mrs. Perrott’s, of Emerald House, Port Melbourne. He is a well-known and, highly respected member of the Stevedoring Club” (The Age, 12 May, 1915)

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