Alfred Richard WOOLEY

Year of Birth:  1868

Place of Birth:  Adelaide, South Australia

Date of Enlistment:  8 December 1914

Date and Place of Embarkation:  28 November 1914, Sydney New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT S.S. Eastern

Rank:  Lance Corporal

Unit(s):  2nd Infantry Battalion, Tropical Unit (Nov 1914)

Regimental Number:  535

Died:  21 March 1920


Corporal Wooley with his children. Northern Herald, April 7, 1916, p. 30


Alfred Richard Wooley was born 26 September 1868 in Adelaide, South Australia the son of William Wooley and Ann Durbridge. William and Ann were married in 1852 in Southwark, Surrey England. Alfred was their 5th child. William and Ann’s other children included William (1859-1860), Edward Henry (1861-1950), Ada Jane (1863-1949), William Thomas (1866-1932), James (1872-1872), Arthur James (1875-1950) and Martha Anne (1881-1973).

At the time of Alfred’s enlistment he was a laborer living in Spence Street Cairns with his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Wooley. Alfred married Caroline Elizabeth Long 27 June 1906 in Queensland. Alfred and Caroline had four children; Edith Annie (1907-1908), Alfred Augustus (1909-1977), Clement (1910-1975) and Walter George Painting (1912-1985).

Alfred was aged 46 years and 2 months when he enlisted. Possibly due to his age, Alfred was  rejected by the AIF and instead joined the N&MEF, Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, the Dirty 500 with whom he engaged in active service in Rabaul, New Guinea from August 1915 to April 1916. His height was 5 feet 11 inches, weighed 142 pounds with fair complexion, light brown eyes, and hair was brown turning to grey.  His religion was Church of England

Alfred received the British War Medal for his service. He was discharged 4 May 1916.

Alfred Richard Wooley died suddenly from heart disease in the Cairns District Hospital 21 March 1920.


Cairns Post 22 March 1920 p4


Cairns Post 23 March 1920. Trove


Online Resources

NAA: B2455, Wooley Alfred Richard. National Archives of Australia

Trove Digitised Newspapers. National Library of Australia

Cairns Post Monday 22 March 1920 p4

Cairns Post Tuesday 23 March 1920 p4


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