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Alfred Hearps

Alfred Hearps

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.

He was posted to the 12th Battalion, which was among the first units to land at Anzac Cove. In August 1914 Alfred was evacuated and hospitalised having suffered a breakdown. Several weeks later he returned to his unit and served out the campaign until the evacuation in December 1915.
In 1916 the 12th Battalion fought in some of worst battles faced by Australians on the Western Front. In mid-August during one of the assaults against Mouquet Farm, Alfred, newly promoted to second lieutenant, was killed.

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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Last updated
19 December 2016
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