Frank Sydney Alderson
Frank Alderson (Service No 1703) was born in Woonona, NSW and at the time of enlistment was a single 19 year old carpenter who had served in 37th Infantry Militia. He embarked with his brother Henry (Service No 1702) on HMAT A9 Shropshire with 4th Reinforcements, 13 Battalion on 17th March 1915.
He arrived on Gallipoli in May 1915 but was evacuated to hospital in Malta sick with influenza on 21st August 1915, the same day as his brother was evacuated. He was sent on to England on 27th September 1915. Frank rejoined the battalion in Egypt on 4th March 1916 was sent to France and saw service on the Western Front. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in France on 3rd September 1916 and then to Corporal on 9th December 1916.
On 19th January 1917 he was again sent to hospital sick but re-joined his unit in France on 29th April 1917. Frank was wounded in action on 8th June 1917 and evacuated to hospital for treatment. He had a serious injury to his right hand, having lost three fingers. He was returned to Australia in November 1917 and discharged medically unfit on 6th March 1918.
On 10th November 1919 he married Edna Earle at Armidale and they had 3 children. In 1929 he was in hospital being treated for a hand wound when he died from blood poisoning. He is buried in Rookwood Cemetery. Frank and Henry's younger brother Charles (Service No 2955) also served.