Albert CARD

Year of Birth: 1896

Place of Birth:  Ayr, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  14 February 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  16 August 1916, Melbourne, Victoria

Ship:  RMS Orontes

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  11th Australian Machine Gun Company – 1 to 6 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  266

Died:  20 September 1917


Albert Card was born 10 July 1896 in Ayr, Queensland to Henry Card and his wife Emma (nee Avon) who also had Herbert (1887), Frank (1888) and Lilly Eliza (1900). His father Henry died in 1903 and his mother married Thomas Daniel Royal that same year and they had 4 children, namely, Helen (1904), Phoebe Olive (1906), Frederick Norman (1907) and Elizabeth Hannah (1909). Albert’s mother, Emma, died in 1929 and his stepfather, Thomas, died in 1923.

When Albert enlisted in Townsville on the  14 February 1916 his age was 19 years 7 months, occupation a labourer, and next of kin was mother, Emma Royal, Gatton Street, Cairns. His height was  5 feet 4 ½ inches, weighed 8 stone 10 pounds with a fair complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair. He was Church of England. He had previously served 3 years in the Cadets.

Albert embarked on the RMS Orontes from Melbourne on 16 August 1916 and landed in England on 3 October 1916. He proceeded to Frances on 23 November that year. Over the next month he was admitted to hospital sick, twice before rejoining the 11th Machine Gun Company on 25 December 1916.

Albert Card was killed in action in Belgium on 29 September 1917. He is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Flanders, Belgium.


RMS Orontes – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA: B2455


Cairns Post – 23 October 1917 p4


Online Resources

Photograph of RMS Orontes, Australian War Memorial

NAA:  B2455 Card, Albert, National Archives Australia

Australian War Memorial

Cairns Post (Qld: 1909 – 1954) 23 Oct 1917 p4


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