Alfred Hearps was born near Devonport, Tasmania in 1895. His father was an Aboriginal Australian but despite the laws of the day that prevented Indigenous men from enlisting, he joined the Australian Imperial Force within weeks of the outbreak of WWI.
It took almost a year before Alfred’s fate could be officially confirmed as there were more than 6,000 Anzac casualties in the battle for Mouquet Farm.
Second Lieutenant Alfred Hearps has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.
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