Charles Stanley Alderson aka Harold Palser

First Name: 
Charles
Middle Name: 
Stanley
Last Name: 
Alderson
Date of Birth: 
Monday, April 18, 1898
Mother's Name: 
Phoebe (nee Clarke)
Father's Name: 
Henry Alderson
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, May 24, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, May 3, 1917
Place of Death: 
Bullecourt France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Charles Alderson (Service No 2955A) was born in Woonona, NSW and was the last of three brothers to enlist. His father was a builder from Ashfield who had travelled to England for civilian aid to the troops. He had been gone for some months when Charles first enlisted at age 16. He was found out and sent home. As soon as he turned 18 he enlisted again, this time using an alias. His enlistment papers claim him as Harold Palser (Service No 2955) a single 22 year old clerk.

He embarked on HMAT A11 Ascanius with 7th Reinforcements, 56th Battalion on 25th October 1916 and arrived in England on 28th December 1916. Charles met up with his brothers before going to France. He was posted to 20th Battalion and arrived in France with them on 23rd March 1917.

On 3rd May 1917 the 20th Battalion was involved in the battle at Bullecourt and he was killed in action. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux. His file contains a number of letters from his Father explaining his story and having his true name recorded. Both his brothers, Henry (Service No 1702) and Frank (Service No 1703) returned to Australia.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PALSER HAROLD

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