Alexander was a bank clerk and gave his address as the National Bank at Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted at Benalla, VIC, in the AIF, 37th Battalion on the 18th of January 1916, aged 21. He embarked aboard the HMAT A34 Persic in June as a Private, disembarking at Plymouth, England in July.
In September 1916 Alexander was promoted to Lance Corporal and in November was on his way to France. In February 1917 he was made a temporary Corporal and then in April a Corporal and promoted to Sergeant in June. In August he returned to England to attend the Officers Cadet Battalion and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in in December. He rejoined his unit in January 1918 and was promoted to Lieutenant in May. Alexander was granted two weeks leave in early September. Around this time the 37th Battalion mutinied:-
... In September 1918 several battalions were ordered to disband to provide reinforcements for others. The 37th was one such battalion. Its CO, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Story, was dismissed for questioning the order in letters written to all of his superior commanders, including the Prime Minister. The men of the battalion subsequently mutinied. On 23 September the order to disband was temporarily suspended ,and the battalion fought its last battle - St Quentin Canal - six days later. On 12 October 1918 the 37th Battalion, then with a fighting strength of 90, disbanded.Source: AWM 37th Battalion
During the battle at St Quentin Canal Alexander was killed in action on the 30th of September 1918.
I was with Lieut Gibson (37 D.XVI) when he was killed, about 30th September at Mont St Quentin. Five of us were together in a shell hole, on duty behind the lines, about 11o'clock at night. Lieut Gibson and our O.C. (Lieut Gallagher) were with us . We were all sitting there, when a gas shell came over. Lieut Gibson was killed absolutely instantaneously. I was next to him, and was gassed.Source: Pte. William Hanson 2930 37th Btn D Coy XVI pltn
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh although he is not listed as having given the supreme sacrifice.
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