Alexander Webster Gemmell

First Name: 
Alexander
Middle Name: 
Webster
Last Name: 
Gemmell
Mother's Name: 
Esther Gemmell
Father's Name: 
Allen Gemmell
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, August 14, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
B Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Alexander Gemmell (Service No 3771) was born in Helensburgh, NSW about 1896. He served 12 months in the CMF with 37th Infantry and at the time of enlistment was a single 19 year old wheeler from Balgownie.

He embarked on HMAT A29 Suevic on 20th December 1915 with 12th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion. After arriving in Egypt he joined B Company as a Lewis Gunner and went to France with them. On 11th April 1917 he was wounded in action at the battle of Bullecourt and was evacuated to hospital for treatment to a wound to his leg. Alexander returned to his unit on 30th April until he was again admitted to hospital on 8th June 1917 in England.

Alexander was returned to Australia in September 1917 and discharged medically unfit on 22nd December 1917 after being diagnosed with sudden dementia and suffering from confusion and delusional behavior. He died in 1974.

His brother William Burns Gemmell (Service No 3150) also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, GEMMELL A W

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