Alexander Carraill

Name: Alexander Lawrence Carraill

Rank: Driver

Service Number: 1948

Units Served: 14th Field Artillery Brigade 53rd Battery AFA

Personal Details: Alexander was born on the 18th May 1893 in Rockleigh South Australia. He was the seventh child of James and Margaret (nee MacDonald) Carraill. At the time of his enlistment he is described as being 22 years old 5’ 3¾” tall with dark hair and grey eyes.

Enlistment Details: He enlisted in Adelaide on the 20th August, 1915. From the 28th August to the 17th November 1915 he served with the J Coy. 2nd Batt E Light Horse. He was detained at the Torrens Island Venereal Camp from the 18th November 1915 to 16th January 1916.

Details about his role in the war: He was taken on strength at the 3rd Rec. Reg. in Heliopolis on the 9th March 1916 and then Transferred to the 5th Division Artillery on the 1st April, he was then posted to the 53rd Battery on the 11th April 1916. He then proceeded to join the BEF at Alexandria on the 19th June. He disembarked in Marseilles on the 27th June. From the 27th September 1917 to 19th October he was on leave in England. He then rejoined his unit in the fielding France. He received a penetrating lung wound on the 8th August 1918 and died the same day.

Age at Death: 25 years

Burial Details: Longueau British Cemetery Grave Ref: II.E.1

Interesting Material: Alexander’s brother named one of his sons Stanley Alexander Leslie Carraill after his three brothers who had died in the War. His mother and sister inserted the following poem in the Advertiser for Stanley, Alexander and Leslie:

"Over in France our sad thoughts roam
To the lonely graves so far from home;
Although you dear faces we cannot see,
We hold you dear in Memory."


Commemorated by


Judy Georgiou

2nd December 2008