Alabaster, William (Sergeant, b.1891 - d.1918)

Unit 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number 1DRL/0016
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Alabaster, William
Place made France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915-1916
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/193
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1059 Sergeant William Alabaster, MM, 45 Battalion, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection consists of letters describing landing at shelter at Gallipoli; and defending the front line in France. Sgt Alabaster was awarded the Military Medal on 23rd June 1917 for previously organising and repeatedly leading parties of men over open country during intense bombardment in order to supply the front lines with munitions. He died on 5 April 1918 from wounds received at Doullens.

History / Summary

Biographical note: 1059 Sergeant William Alabaster, MM, 45 Battalion, Australian Infantry. Died of wounds, Doullens, France, 5 April 1918. Age 27. Son of Elizabeth and the late Edwin Richard Alabaster. Native of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England.