Henry Alderson (Service No 1702) was born in Woonona, NSW and at the time of enlistment was a single 21 year old builder who had served in the cadets. He enlisted at the same time as his brother Frank (Service No 1703) and they stayed together for the early part of the War.
Henry embarked on HMAT A9 Shropshire with 4th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion on 17th March 1915. He arrived in Egypt and was sent to Gallipoli with C Company until evacuated to hospital sick on 21st August 1915. He was sent to England suffering from pleurisy and enteritis, arriving on 2nd October 1915. His health did not allow him to return to the front and he saw service in England till the end of the War.
On 1st January 1918 Henry was promoted to Corporal and on 20th September 1918 promoted to Sergeant. He returned to Australia in March 1919 and was discharged medically unfit on 25th June 1919.
Henry married Hilda Cherrington on 18th October 1920 and they had one child. He died at Westmead in 1980 aged 87. His other brother, Charles (Service No 2955) also served.