Sapper Albert Edward Nurse

Australian Engineers - WW I


Service number: 4174

Australian Engineers, 4th Field Company

Born:  November 1895 in Newtown, NSW, Australia

Date of death: 11 July 1917 - age 21 - Belgium

Status: KIA 




Buried in Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Belgium Plot II. B. 2.  

"Greater love hath no man than this"

Awards:  1914 / 1915 Star,  British War Medal, Victory Medal


Albert was the 8th of 10 children of Joseph Nurse and Emily Annie Hooper.

He went to  Yerranderie Public School, NSW and  Technical College, Sydney, NSW.


1910 - 1914 Plumber apprentice in Rockdale, NSW, Australia


3 years Senior Cadets (Compulsory Military Training scheme), 2 years 5th Company Australian Engineers, Citizen Military Forces



13 May 1915 Enlisted into the AIF, at the age of 19 years, 6 months in Liverpool, NSW

Height: 5 feet 8 inches (1,76m)

Weight: 142 lbs (64,50 kg)

dark complexion

eyes: grey

hair: dark


26 June 1915: Left Sydney on the troopship Berrima for the middle east on the way to Gallipoli.

26 July 1915: Egypt, disembarked at Helioplis militay camp for open order training.

6 Augustus 1915 Anzac Cove Gallipoli: Landed at Anzac cove 1 am, proceeded up "Shrapnel Gully" then on to "Wire Gully".

3 September 1915: Embarked Alexandria, proceeding to join M.E.F (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) at Gallipoli



4 Jan 1916: disembarked from the H.S. Simla at Alexandria (general Gallipoli evacuation) 

17 Feb 1916: appointed Lance Corporal at Ter-el-Kebir 

21 March 1916: reverts to Sapper at own request 

1 June 1916: Embarked H.S. Canada in Alexandria to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) 

9 June 1916: Disembarked at Marseille, France, to serve on the western front.



20 May 1917: reported with unit in France 

11 July 1917: Albert survived Gallipoli to be killed in the trenches between the La Douve and the Warnave rivers in Belgium. 


Inventory of effects:

Disc, Wallet, 3 Note books, 2 Pipes, Testament, Letters, Photo's, Mouth-Organ, 2 Metal Cigarette cases, 4 coins, 2 Metal Watches (damaged) souvenir aeroplane, Metal Pencil Case, Scissors, Pouch, Razor and Strap.



2 Oct 1920: photo of grave send to NOK


Cousin to Albert Johnson, killed at Gallipoli



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