Biography

Birth date: 1891
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea
Death date: 05 April 1918
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Doullens
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 1059 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 05 April 1918
  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Private Record

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

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... Maker: Alabaster, William

1DRL/0016 (With records)

Photograph

E01790

Meteren, France. 6 March 1918. Group portrait of the NCOs of the 45th Battalion. Left to right, back row: 4346 Lance Corporal (LCpl) W. Warner MM; 2924 LCpl W. Hammond; 4170 LCpl J. W. Graves; 1903 LCpl R. Davidson; 2996 LCpl T. J. West; 4197 LCpl M. J. McCarron; 4017 LCpl J. Caughey; 3689 LCpl W....

E01790

Digitised Collection

Letters from William Alabaster to his Family, 1915-1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 1059 Sergeant William Alabaster, MM, 45th Battalion. The letters were written by William Alabaster to his family between 1915 and 5 October 1916. Alabaster's letters describe the landing of his Battalion at Gallipoli and defence of the front line...

RCDIG0000197

Timeline

Date of birth 1891
Date of embarkation 1914-12-22
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-06-14
Date of death 1918-04-05