Private Alexander Joseph Hearn

Service number 1451
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne
Death Date 04 August 1915
Death Place United Kingdom
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 4th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 4th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Alexander Joseph Hearn (1451, 4th Battalion), from Campsie, NSW, was a tailor's apprentice before the war. He received bullet wounds to the chest at Gallipoli on 10 May 1915. Sent to the 4th London General Hospital, he died on 4 August 1915. He is buried in the Byker and Heaton Cemetery at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Joseph had been born in Newcastle-on-Tyne and come to Australia as a 15 year-old. His mother, writing after the war, said that he was 16 years and 8 months when he died. She thought that he was the youngest soldier to leave with a New South Wales unit.



Date of enlistment 16 November 1914
Date of embarkation 11 February 1915
Date of death 04 August 1915
Date of fate 04 August 1915