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Surname
Nathan
First names
Alfred (known as Matthew)
Rank
Private
Service No.
111 then 4909A
Date of Death
20/03/1917
Hebrew Date
26 Adar 5677
Hebrew Date
כ״ו בַּאֲדָר תרע״ז
Age at Death
22
How Died
Killed in Action
Where Died
France
Cemetery
Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Service Details
60th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF
Served
Western Front. WIA 19 July 1916 & 10 November 1916.
Occupation
Groom / Printer
Age at Enlistment
20
Place of Enlistment
Broadmeadows, Victoria
Locality on Enlistment
Religion
Jewish
Gender
Male
Date of Enlistment
26/10/1914
Date of Discharge
Country of Enlistment
Australia
Notes
Alfred (Abraham) Nathan was born in Aldgate, London in 1894. He was the eldest of the six sons of Michael NATHAN and Rachel née VALENCIA. In 1911, Alfred was working as printer in the Aldgate area but at some time between 1911 and 1914, Alfred immigrated to Australia, most likely taking up residence in NSW. With the outbreak of war, Alfred enlisted in the Army. On 26/10/1914 he attested at the Liverpool Camp and was given the regimental number 111. He gave his occupation as a Groom and was posted to 1 Australian Veterinary Section to undertake his military training. At the time of his enlistment, Alfred was described as 5ft 8 inches tall and weighing 11 stone. He had a dark completion, brown eyes and dark hair and gave his religion as Jewish. On 19/12/14 after barely 2 months training, Alfred embarked for Egypt on board the A31 HMTS “Ajana.” The ship docked in Port Said and on 30/1/15 Alfred found himself in trouble with the Army. Alfred was convicted of being AWL from the ship and was fined 10/- and given extra fatigues. The 1 Australian Veterinary Section disembarked and were sent by train to Cairo, then on to the main Australian camp at Mena. Here Alfred worked in the horse lines assisting with the care of the horses of the Australian Light Horse Regiments. Unfortunately, Alfred was to contract a disease and he was admitted to the Mena Isolation Hospital on 31/3/15. The practice was to return men to Australia to recover and so on 4/5/15 Alfred embarked on the A40 HMTS “Creamic” bound for Melbourne. He arrived back on 25/5/15 and was admitted to the Isolation Hospital at Langwarran. He was discharged on 9/8/15 and enjoyed some leave before reporting to the Broadmeadows Camp and was dispatched to the Light Horse Camp at Seymour on 9/10/15. What happens next is a mystery. Military records confirm he reported to the camp and was sent to the Staff Sargent of the Reinforcements section, he was seen to head off in that direction but there was no record of him ever being at the camp. Correspondence took place between various Army departments looking for him up until 17/12/15. At some point his records were stamped “Deserter” but this doesn’t appear to be the case and we can only assume that he was lost in the system. On the 1/3/16 Alfred re-attested at Broadmeadows, his previous enlistment papers could not be found at that time. He was assigned a new number 4909a. Alfred gave his occupation as a Printer and he was unmarried. He lists his mother, Rachel, as his next of kin. Five days later he married Alice Christina Lambert in Melbourne. When Alfred made his will, he left everything to his wife Alice. The following day he embarked on board the A18 HMTS “Wiltshire” with 8 Battalion 15 Reinforcements for Egypt. Further records indicate that he may also have left behind a child born out of wedlock, Victoria May Lambert. Alice unfortunately passed away in 1917. Military discipline did not sit well with Alfred and while at sea on board the HMTS “Wiltshire”, Alfred was charged with disobedience for breaking away from a route march. He received 72 days detention. On arrival in Alexandria, Alfred was once again taken by train to Cairo and the main Australian camp nestled below the pyramids at Mena. The AIF was being expanded and half the experienced men from 8 Battalion were merged with the newly arrived reinforcement to form 60 Battalion. Alfred was taken on to the strength of this new Battalion at Duntroon Plateau on 20/4/1916. For the next 2 months, he and the rest of the Battalion would undergo some very intensive training before they joined the BEF in France. On 18/6/16, the Battalion entrained for Alexandria where they embarked on the HMTS “Kinfauns Castle” bound for the battle fields of the Western Front. On 29/6/16 their ship docked in Marseilles. Once more they boarded a troop train and slowly headed for northern France and Flanders. After being issued with extra kit including Tin Helmets, 60 Battalion moved up into what was described as the “nursery” section near Fromelles. Arriving on 2 July they rested before moving up to the frontline trenches. On 19 July, they attacked the “Sugar Loaf”. They were slaughtered. The Battalion was virtually wiped out suffering 757 casualties. Amongst those casualties was Private Alfred Nathan. Alfred was hit in the face by either a shell fragment or bullet, its damaged his jaw, ears and neck. We have no information on how Alfred made it back to the allied trenches but on 24 July, 5 days after the assault, he was admitted to 13 Stationary Hospital and immediately sent to Boulogne then on to England by Hospital Ship “Cambria”. On 25 July, he was admitted to Middlesex War Hospital in Napsbury with bullet wounds to the face; here surgeons worked to repair the damage. On 15/9/16 Alfred was transferred to the Croydon War Hospital in St Albans to undergo further treatment, later on 22/11/16 he was again transferred this time to 3 Auxiliary Hospital to convalesce. On 9/12/16 he was discharged to furlough before reporting to Camp at Perham Downs. By the end of December, Alfred was once again in trouble. He was AWL, from 1 Command Depot from 21/12/16 to 28/12/16. Found guilty, he received 6 days Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 14 days pay. On 4/2/17, he joined No 1 Command Depot and 3 days later on 5/2/17, proceed to France on board the SS “Invicta” from Folkstone. He marched in to 5 Division Camp at Etaples and on 10/2/17, a week later, he set out to re-join his unit catching up with them on 21/4/1917. His battalion was in the field, moving in and out of the trenches near Bapaume, they were under constant shell and machine gun fire throughout the following weeks, probing the German defences around “Switch Trench.” On 20 May, a push was made towards Delsaux Farm near Beugny, there were 3 soldiers killed and 14 wounded. Alfred was one of those who was killed in action during that attack. Alfred’s body was recovered and he now lies buried in Plot 11 Row G Grave 11 at Lebucquier Communal Cemetery Extension. The epitaph on his grave reads “Deeply mourned by his sorrowing parents and brothers”. For his service to our Nation, Alfred was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
 

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ABBREVIATIONS

RAN   Royal Australian Navy
AA   Australian Army
AAMC   Australian Army Medical Corps
AAMWS   Australiam Army Medical Womens Services
AANS   Australian Army Nursing Service
AWAS   Australian Womens Army Service
RAAF   Royal Australian Air Force

 

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 Name  Service Number  Service
 ABRAHAMS Frances  VF510172   AWAS
 ADELSTEIN née SLOMAN Elvira Ruth  N/A   RAN
 ADLER Louise  WF93739   AWAS
 ALEXANDER Florence Essie  177533   RAAF
     
 BARNETT Diana Rebecca  105591   RAAF
 BERENHOLTZ Elka  VF508214   AAMWS
 BLIEVERS Zeeva  WR/1812   RAN
 BLOOM Doreen Louise   101157    RAAF
 BLOOM Meryl Louise   NF409448    AWAS
 BOAS Naomi  501221   RAAF
 BOLGRAAF (later CRAFTI) Eva  NF409447   AWAS
 BRECKLER Leona  113251   RAAF
 BRENDON Jill Kate  WR/2636   RAN
 BROWNE Barbara Esther  NF207388 (NX207388)   AA
 BRUKOWICZ Marisha  95358   RAAF
 BUND Liselotte Shirley  105454   RAAF
 BURKE Sophy  VF345705   AWAS
     
 CHURCH Eva Leila  95841   RAAF
 CIDDOR Ella  98524   RAAF
 COHEN Betsy Hilda  NF409542   AWAS
 COHEN Dorothy Rose  VF395600   AA
 COHEN June  97558   RAAF
 COHEN Leah  106021   RAAF
 COHEN Lysbeth Rose  NF464059   AANS
 COHEN Marcia  93063   RAAF
 COHEN Marie  105644   RAAF
 COHEN Meryl Derham  V345046   AA
 COHEN Meryl Louisa  VF389714   AWAS
 COHN Betty Augusta  SX10647   AAMWS
 COLLEY (AKA HOFFMAN) Hannah Lillian  113209   RAAF
 COLMAN Joan Rose  VX121316   AA
 CORRICK Sylvia Estelle  105962   RAAF
 COURT-RICE Ruby Miriam  98274   RAAF
 BOLGRAAF née CRAFTI Eva  NF409447   AWAS
 CRAFTI Pearl  QFX64362   AAMWS
 CRAFTI Rachael  102839   RAAF
 CRAWCOUR Jean Audrey  N391146   AWAS
 CROKER Golda Amelia  108236   RAAF
     
 DARE Jacqueline  NF409554   AWAS
 DAVIS Joy Gertrude  WFX17052   AA
 DAVIS June Phillipa  94484   RAAF
 DAVIS Shirley Katherine  176659   RAAF
 DAVIS Zena Phoebe  109137   RAAF
     
 EPSTEIN Betty Ruth  106401   RAAF
     
 FELDMAN Renee  WR/831   RAN
 FINKELSTEIN Beatrice  WF96162   AWAS
 FREEDMAN Nancy Amelia  VF345369   AWAS
     
 GADSBY Adeline  93406   RAAF
 GILBERT Molly Estelle  SFX25471   AA
 GINSBURG Reba Felice  106958   RAAF
 GISHEN Marie  VF517009   AAMWS
 GOLDBERG Betty Shina Isabel  104486   RAAF
 GOLDBERG Clarice Annie  107431   RAAF
 GOLDBERG Inez  455799   AA
 GOLDBERG Maxine Leah  NF453037   AA
 GOLDENBERG Freda Gertrude Sara  WR/1075   RAN
 GOLDHILL Vera Pearl  VF398041   AA
 GOLDMAN Mary Patricia  NF454465   AWAS
 GOLDSTEIN Elizabeth  98255   RAAF
 GOULSTON Edna Maude  WR/627   RAN
 GREEN Anne Constance  111470   RAAF
 GREEN Naomi  99457   RAAF
 GREEN Rachel Rae  99650   RAAF
 GREENSTEIN Esther  NF460437   AA
 GRINBLAT Hannah Dora  174189   RAAF
 GROENEWOUD Joan Margaret  VF389625   AA
 GROUSE Billie Miriam  98736   RAAF
 GROUSE Madge  NX145140 (N389090)   AA
     
 HARRIS Leila Crownsen  104689   RAAF
 HART Dorothy Caroline  VF345058   AA
 HARTZ Freda  103287   RAAF
 HERMAN Esther Erna  NF462723   AWAS
 HESELEV Carrie  VF346675   AWAS
 HESELEV Tamara  90526   RAAF
 HICKMAN Anne Elizabeth  WR/948   RAN
 HICKMAN Doris Florence  NF461543   AA
 HILLEL Katie Ethel  99516   RAAF
 HIMMELHOCH Enid Sylvia  NX34833   AA
 HOLLOWAY (AKA DAVIS) Vena Dorothy  106728   RAAF
 HOFFMAN Bertha Evelyne  103933   RAAF
 HOFFMAN Valda Victoria  NF461938   AWAS
     
 ISAACS Beryl Lilian  110947   RAAF
 ISAACS Hila Evie  VF396860   AWAS
 ISAACSON Barbara Joan  VF391191   AWAS
 ISAACSON Dorothy  105293   RAAF
 ISAACSON Lynka Caroline  V388729   AWAS
 ISRAEL Miriam  VFX121993   AAMWS
     
 JACOBS Doreen Miriam  114320   RAAF
 JACOBS Ethel  NF409156   AWAS
 JACOBS Rachael Miriam  NX122660 (N388075)   AANS
 JONA (later LADY COWEN) Anna  VF397043   AA
 JONES Norma Dorothea  VX29699   AANS
     
 KAGAN Freda  95155   RAAF
 KINO Phyllis Esther  97049   RAAF
 KOHN Eileen Margaret  96051   RAAF
 KOHN Miriam  NF461968   AWAS
 KEESING Betty  176431   RAAF
     
 LANGLEY Valda  NF461938   AWAS
 LASKY Ella  VF395685   AWAS
 LAZARUS Ellen  VX272   AAMC
 LEE Edna Rae  TF15635   AA
 LEE Valmai  94276   RAAF
 LEVEY Rahel Elizabeth  97934   RAAF
 LEVI Elizabeth Miriam  97407   RAAF
 LEVIN Carmel  F2682/19   RAN
 LEVIN Daisy Frances  VF396927   AA
 LEVINE Leiba  V378138   AA
 LEVY Anita Beryl  92421   RAAF
 LEVY Enid Yvonne  105675   RAAF
 LEVY Faith  VFX138621   AAMC
 LEVY Moya Miriam  178111   RAAF
 LEWIS Elizabeth  106675   RAAF
 LEWIS Loulie Maxine  SF84159   AA
 LEWIS Sara Maisie  97562   RAAF
 LIPMAN Gwendoline Lois  WR/1533   RAN
 LIPSTINE Audrey  Q266250   AANS
 LISMAN Nanette Lilian  WF90112   AWAS
 LYONS Zelda  VF391304   AWAS
     
 MANDEL Ada  105204   RAAF
 MANDEL Drazel Grace  98568   RAAF
 MANDEL Enid Bertha  95175   RAAF
 MANDEL Sylvia Noelene  90084   RAAF
 MARKS Maxina Isobel  92364   RAAF
 MASEL Audrey Evelyn  99706   RAAF
 MENDELSOHN Gwen Esther  VF395846   AWAS
 MICHAELIS Joan Elizabeth  VFX95841   AAMC
 MORRIS Bessie Esther  98512   RAAF
 MORRIS Betty Louise  NF481257   AAMWS
     
 NEWBURG Yzia  176594   RAAF
 NEWSTEAD Nanette  WR/2092   RAN
     
 ORBUCK Rita Miriam  104926   RAAF
 OPAS Roberta Judith  VF345938   AWAS
     
 PATKIN Norma  WR/2369   RAN
 PEARLMAN (later LEON) Celia  VX45572   AANS
 PRESSER née SCHOENHEIMER (later GROSE) Ruby Rika  101099   RAAF
 PROOSOV Phyllis  NF461885   AWAS
 PURA Anne  90086   RAAF
     
 RAPKE Betty Pearl  350249   RAAF
 RAWSON Roma Isabel  WF90869   AA
 RISCHIN Marcia  104412   RAAF
 ROBINSON Betty  108827   RAAF
 ROCHAWIN Anna  110312   RAAF
 ROSE Irene  VF398010   AA
 ROSE née ROSENBERG Phyllis Marcia  97777   RAAF
 ROSEBERY Beryl Maureen  92610   RAAF
 ROSEBERY Marion Olive  WR/2465   RAN
 ROSENBERG June  101734   RAAF
 ROSENBERG (later SMITH) Phyllis  VX116457   AA
 ROTHMAN Rose Ray  97364   RAAF
 ROUBIN Rebecca  QX57749 (Q268458)   AAMWS
 ROUBIN Ruth Rachael  98250   RAAF
 RUSCHIN Bernice Lois  95516   RAAF
     
 SAME Beatrice May  WFX35576   AA
 SAMUEL Phillis Catherine  NF453191   AA
 SASSON Rachael  111818   RAAF
 SAUNDERS Naomi  106285   RAAF
 SEGAL Juliet  WR/1195   RAN
 SEGAL Rose  WF90730   AWAS
 SELBY Doris Adeline  N108185   AA
 SHARP Nessie  W45784   AWAS
 SHARP Molly  WF57090   AA
 SHAW Lorraine Paula  109198   RAAF
 SHIRLEY Sybil Rosalind  VF395883   AWAS
 SHMITH Nona Hannah  WR/1440   RAN
 SLOMAN Betty  109172   RAAF
 SLOMAN Zara  501248   RAAF
 SIMON Amelia  VF388485   AWAS
 SMITH Betty  VF346733   AWAS
 SOLOMON Dorothy  108060   RAAF
 SOLOMON Jessie  95270   RAAF
 SOLOMON Sara  SF64816   AA
 STANTON Alma Gwyneth  VF346904   AA
 STERLING née COUPLAND Juliet  VX112511   AAMWS
 STEIN Joan Frances Lydia  90107   RAAF
 STEINBERG Lilian Ethel  VFX128429   AA
 SYMONDS Naomi  NX145216 (N409878)   AAMWS
 SYMONS (later NAPHTALI) Yetta Rae  WR/125   RAN
     
 TANNENBAUM Hinda  95308   RAAF
 TATE Vida Shirley  99638   RAAF
 TETEL Sabina Helen  NF456348   AA
 TRETHEWIE Rachel Crownson  VF388024   AWAS
 TROBE Rosmond  W39790 & F4413   AA
     
 VANPRAAG Margaret Dora  VF398108   AWAS
     
 WALLIS née COHEN Ethel  90665   RAAF
 WEINGOTT Rieka  NFX200355 (NX200355)   AAMWS
 WOLLFF Valerie Rachel  VF345273   AWAS
 WOLMAN Ruth  QF271349   AA
     
 YOUNG Monica Phoebe  93552   RAAF
     
 ZACHARIAH Olga  91073   RAAF

 

 

 

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