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Hair, Alexander William (7228)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 37 years 2 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 29 December 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 7228            view online service record

134 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Millicent Alice Hair (wife)
134 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Friday, 31 March 1916
Ship: HMAT Star of Victoria A16
Port: Sydney, NSW
Unit: 5th Field Company Engineers – 5th Reinforcements

KIA: Thursday, 3 May 1917
Place: France

Sapper, 5 Field Engineers, killed in action 3 May, 1917, France, aged 39, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Wife: Mrs Millicent Alice HAIR, born Port Melbourne. He enlisted from 134 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne as a 37 year-old labourer (Dunlop Rubber Company), wife as next of kin. No known grave, eyewitness reports suggest he and three others entered a tunnel under heavy shell fire with the intention of blowing it up, but only one of the four re-emerged after the tunnel collapsed. Noted as enlisting December, 1915, previously rejected.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1917 ‘ITEMS OF NEWS.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 7 July, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted September 16, 2016 12.52 pm 0Likes

    Parents : Alexander John and Mary Anne HAIR (nee KERNICK), Little Princes-street, Sandridge around the time of his birth

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 18, 2016 2.42 pm 0Likes

    “He was in the 5th Field Company not in the 3rd, and was killed in the hop-over at Bullecourt by shell fire. I did not see this myself, but Sergt. B. Godwin of the 5th would give all the information as I did not know any more details. I was there at time he was killed: (G. W. Murphy, 7236, 5th Field Company Engineers)

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