Biography

Birth date: 1890
Birth place: Ireland
Death date: 15 August 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Chanak, Gallipoli Peninsula
Final rank: Private
Service number: 1409 - First World War, 1914-1918
1509A - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

David Gibson Alexander was born at Ballytiglea, Ireland. Alexander migrated to Australia about 1890 and was living and working as a barman in Sydney at the beginning of the First World War. At this time, his mother Annie Sophia Alexander was still living in County Carlow, Ireland.

Alexander enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 21 December 1914. He was assigned to the 13th Infantry Battalion and departed Sydney aboard HMAT Seang Choon on 11 February 1915. He was fatally wounded by shrapnel during the August landings at Suvla Bay and died at sea aboard HS Rewa on 15 August 1915. David Alexander is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 15 August 1915
  • Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 11 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Alexander, David Gibson (Private, b.1890 - d.1915)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1509A Private David Gibson Alexander, 13 Battalion, Egypt and Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of typewritten copies of letters written to his mother which describe the voyage over to Egypt, training and guard duty at No 1 Australian Field... Maker: Alexander, David Gibson

1DRL/0020 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from David Gibson Alexander to his Mother, 1915

Typewritten copies of letters relating to the First World War service of 1409 Private David Gibson Alexander, 13th Battalion. The file contains typewritten copies of letters written by David Alexander to his mother between 8 April and 14 July 1915. The letters describe his voyage to Egypt, life...

RCDIG0000199

Letters from Guy Hartley Arnold to his Father, 1915-1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 1311 Private Guy Hartley Arnold, 2nd Battalion. The letters were written by Guy Arnold to his father, Mr Ralph Arnold, between 5 February 1915 and 5 February 1916. In the letters, Guy Arnold describes his pride at marching through Sydney in full...

RCDIG0000201

Timeline

Date of birth 1890
Date of embarkation 1915-02-11
Date of death 1915-08-15