Biography

Birth date: 1890
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Merseyside, Liverpool
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 64 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion

Alfred James Fell was born on 7 May 1890 at Liverpool, England to Captain Alfred and Christina Fell. He attended Wallasey Grammar School in England and Sydney Church of England Grammar School after arriving in Australia. Fell worked as an accountant before enlisting as a sergeant in the Australian Imperial Force on 22 August 1915. In April 1916, he was assigned to the 34th Battalion which had been formed in Maitland, New South Wales that January.

Fell departed Australia aboard HMAT Hororata with the 34th Battalion on 2 May 1916. The battalion spent five months training in England and it was during this time that Fell attended the bombing school at Lyndhurst and Officer training school for Non-Commissioned Officers at Tidworth. He accompanied his unit to France on 21 November 1916. Fell was awarded the Military Cross on 27 November 1918 for his actions at Villers Bretonneux between 4 and 5 April 1918. In May 1918, Fell was reported missing and noted as a German prisoner of war on 27 May 1918. He was repatriated after the war and arrived in England on 1 December 1918. Alfred Fell returned to Australia from England aboard HMAT Orca and arrived in Sydney on 3 April 1919.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 02 May 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Autograph book of Alfred James Fell

Autograph book relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Alfred James Fell, 34th Infantry Battalion. This autograph book is dated 1918.

RCDIG0000289

War record book of Alfred James Fell

War record book relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Alfred James Fell, 34th Infantry Battalion. This book contains personal details, and details of service.

RCDIG0000290

Photographs of Alfred James Fell

Photographs relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Alfred James Fell, 34th Infantry Batalion. File includes: Portrait of soldier in uniform; Photograph of group of soldiers.

RCDIG0000444

Papers of Alfred James Fell

Typed papers relating to First World War service of Lieutenant Alfred James Fell, 34th Infantry Battalion. File contains: Statement of particulars of capture by Alfred James Fell; Brief outline of operations in which the 34th Battalionn took part at Villers-Brettoneaux, 4-5 April 1918.

RCDIG0000445

Private Record

Fell, Alfred James (Lieutenant, MC, b.1890 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Alfred James Fell MC, 34 Battalion. Collection consists of an autograph book; a war record book containing personal and service details; two photographs; and two statements - one a brief outline of operations in which 34 Battalion... Maker: Fell, Alfred James

3DRL/6608 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1890
Date of embarkation 1916-05-02
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-04