Sergeant William Alabaster

Service Number 1059
Birth Date 04 May 1891
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea
Death Date 05 April 1918
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Doullens
Also known as Alabaster, W, W Alabaster, William Alabaster
Final Rank
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 20 December 1917 on page 3376 at position 15
London Gazette 16 August 1917 on page 8426 at position 5

William Alabaster was born in London, United Kingdom during 1890. He was educated at a state school in East Ham, London and immigrated to Australia in 1911. At the outbreak of the First World War he was working in the building trade as a carpenter and joiner.Alabaster enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 27 October 1914 and was assigned to the 13th Infantry Battalion. He departed Sydney aboard HMAT Ulysses on 22 December 1914. After completing training in Egypt he was deployed to Gallipoli on 12 April 1915. He was wounded on 20 May 1915 and did not re-join his unit until 30 October 1915. Following the evacuation of Gallipoli, Alabaster was transferred to the 45th Battalion and arrived in France on 8 June 1916. Alabaster was awarded the Military Medal on 23 June 1917 for organising and repeatedly leading parties of men over open country during intense bombardment to supply the front lines with munitions. He received several promotions and was promoted to Pioneer Sergeant on 14 April 1916. William Alabaster died of wounds received from a shell at Doullens on 5 April 1918. He is buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery in France.

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Sergeant
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Sergeant
    Fate
    Died of wounds
    Date of Fate
    05 April 1918
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ulysses A38
    Date of Embarkation
    22 December 1914
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    16 August 1917 on page 8426 at position 5
    Commonwealth Gazette
    20 December 1917 on page 3376 at position 15
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    14 June 1917
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    14 June 1917
    Unit
    45th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant

Timeline

Date of birth 1891
Date of embarkation 22 December 1914
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 June 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 14 June 1917
Date of death 05 April 1918