The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Alfred Winterford|
Name of Ancestor: Alfred Edwin Winterford
Ancestor's date of birth: 19/10/1873
Ancestor's date of death: 10/06/1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action at Morlancourt in France during World War one.
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Crown Lands Ranger at Charleville, Cunnamulla and Gympie. Served five years with the Queensland Rifles.
Service Number: 15
Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane
Unit: 2nd Queensland Mounted Infantry
Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 06/01/1900
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LT, Date Effective: 01/09/1917
Murray Page: 459
Contingent: Second Queensland
Ship: Maori King, Date of Sailing: 13/01/1900
Memorial details: Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France.
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Diamond Hill, Johannesburg, Driefontein and Cape Colony clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Height 175 cm, weight 73 kg (1916).
Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier.
Details of service in war: March 1900 - March 1901 in Cape Colony, Free State, west and east Transvaal.
Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 3 May 1901 on the Tongariro and train from Sydney. Married Margaret. Alfred resumed duty as a Crown Lands Ranger at Gympie, Toowoomba and Bundaberg before being appointed Deputy Land Commissioner at Atherton in 1911 and on 1 March 1914 he was appointed Land Commissioner. With the appointment of a replacement in 1916 Alfred took leave of absence to serve again during World War 1. He completed Officer Training at Duntroon and departed from Sydney on board A18 Wiltshire with the 19th Rft 25 Bn. Following three months training in England the Battalion was sent to France in July 1917 to serve in the Somme campaign. Alfred was wounded in action 4 October 1917 and evacuated to England for hospitalisation. on 5 May 1918 he returned to his unit and on 10 June he was killed in action. He is buried in Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette where his grave site is Plot 111,Row F,Grave No.18.
Name of Descendant: Victor Winterford, Pottsville Beach NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson