Biography

Birth date: 1881
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Beechworth
Death date: 15 August 1916
Death place: United Kingdom: England, London
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 2101 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Arthur Gladstone Alderdice was born at Beechworth, Victoria and was educated at Beechworth Grammar School. At the outbreak of the First World War he was working in the shearing industry as a wool scourer.

Alderdice enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 6 April 1915. He was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Battalion and departed Sydney aboard HMAT Karoola on 16 June 1915. Alderdice was stationed briefly in Egypt before being deployed to Gallipoli on 6 August 1915, where he took part in the reinforcement of Lone Pine.

He was reported ill, most likely suffering from diphtheria, on 26 November 1915 and subsequently sent to Malta for recovery. After Gallipoli he was redeployed to Egypt, arriving on 18 February 1916. He was promoted to corporal on 24 March 1916. Alderdice departed Marseilles on 28 May 1916 aboard HMT Ivernia and was soon deployed to the Western Front.

He was seriously wounded in action by an enemy shell on 25 July 1916. He was transferred to a field hospital at Rouen on 27 July 1916, and then to the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth. He died of tetanus on 15 August 1916. Arthur Alderdice is buried at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, England.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of Death: 15 August 1916
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 16 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Collection Items

Private Record

Alderdice, Arthur Gladstone (Corporal, b.1881 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 2101 Corporal Arthur Gladstone Alderdice, 2 Battalion, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection consists of a notebook with diary entries for the period 23 April 1915 to 30 July 1916 covering landing at Gallipoli and service in France.... Maker: Alderdice, Arthur Gladstone

1DRL/0018 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Note book for Arthur Gladstone Alderdice, 1915-1916

Note book relating to the First World War service of 2101 Corporal Arthur Gladstone Alderdice, 2nd Battalion. The note book was written between 23 April 1915 to 30 July 1916 and describes landing at Gallipoli, his service in France and later leave in England.

RCDIG0000198

Timeline

Date of birth 1881
Date of embarkation 1915-06-16
Date of death 1916-08-15