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
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)
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