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Pte. A. Gaisford. Photo source The Sun 15.4.1917 p6
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Alfred Thomas

Private. Aust. Army Medical Corps. SN 2652. Returned 27.9.1919

Bridge Street, South Guildford, WA (Wife - Yolanda Gaisford), Queens Road, South Guildford, WA (Parents)

Date Enlisted 05/06/1916
Service Number SN 2652
Age of Enlistment 24 years 8 months
Place of Enlistment Perth, WA
Place of Birth Fremantle, WA
Previous Military Experience . Nil
Occupation Flour Mill hand
Marital Status Married
Religion Congregationalist
School Attended Guildford State School
Address History Bridge Street, South Guildford, WA. (Wife - Yolinda) Queens Road, South Guildford (Parents)

Military History

Embarked Fremantle per HMAT ‘Suffolk’ for England 10.10 1916.
Roll Rank Private.
Roll Unit 6th Reinf. 51st Bn. AIF.
Gaisford disembarked at Plymouth with his Bn. 2.12.1916. After a brief period of training, he proceeded overseas to France. Gaisford embarked at Folkestone per SS ‘Princess Victoria’ 20.12.1916. He marched in to the Army Division Base Depot at Etaples, France 29.12.1916. He was taken on strength from the Training Bn. with the 51st Bn. 1.1.1917. Gaisford developed Mumps 10.1.1917. He was listed as sick until 12.3.1917. He rejoined his unit and was then transferred from active military service to permanent base duties in England 10.4.1917. His health was affected by an old injury -dislocated collarbone. Gaisford was transferred to the 17th Field Ambulance at Weymouth 6.6.1917, then to the Australian Army Medical Corps 25.10.1917. He was listed as nursing staff for the return voyage to Australia.
Embarked Devonport per ‘Bakara’ for Australia 21.7.1919.
Returned/Disembarked in Melbourne 27.9.1919.
Discharged AIF Perth 23.11.1919.
Final Rank Private, Australian Army Medical Corps.
Medical Condition NK.
Awards and Medals  British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Notes Gaisford was one of 2 brothers who enlisted and served in WW1. His twin brother was rejected for active service on medical grounds. His brother Percy was wounded in action and  had a leg amputated as result of injuries.
Photo Sunday Times 8.4.1917 p 6S, The Sun 15.4.1917 p6

Information Source

The Sun
Sunday Times
Guildford Primary School Honour Roll
St Matthew’s Church Honour Roll
Guildford War Memorial
NAA: B2455, Gaisford A T
AWM Embarkation Rolls- Alfred Thomas Gaisford
Wise, H. and Co. Western Australian Post Office Directories. SLWA
 Bridge St. South Guildford. WA.
Queens Rd. South Guildford. WA. (family home)