Chapman Valley History


762, Private Alexander SALTER
Unit: 28th Battalion, D Company, 7th Brigade, AIF

Where Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
School: Convent School, New South Wales
Address: Lead Mine, Narra Tarra via Geraldton, Western Australia
Occupation: Plumber
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital status: Single
Parents: Alexander and Julia Salter, 28 Walker Street, South Fremantle, previously lead mine, Narra Tarra, via Geraldton
Description: Height 5’ 3”; weight 140 lbs; chest 32/35”; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair

War Service: Alexander enlisted at Geraldton, WA, on 16 Mar 1915 aged 23 years 4 months. He embarked 29 Jun 1915 per HMAT Ascanius from Fremantle, WA for the Gallipoli Peninsula. Alexander saw action at Gallipoli from September 1915 until the successful evacuation in December. He disembarked with his battalion in Marseilles, France 21 Mar 1916. On 28 Jun 1916, Alexander was admitted to hospital in France for dental reasons and returned to duty 06 Jul 1916.
Killed in Action: Between 04 to 06 Aug 1916 at Pozières, Somme Sector of the Western Front, France, aged 24 years 9 months. The 28th Battalion’s first major action in France was at the Battle of Pozières in August 1916 when the battalion suffered heavy losses. Alexander has no known grave.
Memorial: Villers-Bretonneux, France
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Connections: Brother, 5929, Private Thomas Salter, 27th Battalion, died of wounds, 08 Oct 1917.