Red Cross Information Bureau – October 1916
27 October 1916
We are in receipt of two further slips from the Commissioners relating to your son which we deem will be of interest to you. They are as follows: –
‘Alderson’s name appeared in the Battalion records at the Peninsula as severely wounded on May 2nd, 1915, died of wounds on hospital ship and buried at sea…’
‘Alderson was shot in the left thigh on May 2nd, 1915, at Deadman’s Ridge, Anzac. I took him down to the dressing station after he was wounded. I wanted to carry him, but he would not let me… The bullet, we found, had entered his thigh and passed our through his stomach… He died afterwards on the hospital ship… He was a pal of mine…’
We very much regret that we have never been able to gain any definite information concerning your son after he left the dressing station, but our Commissioners inform us that it is almost impossible, in cases where men are reported to have died on Hospital Shops to obtain any details of their death or place of burial…
King St, Solomontown
Oct 30th 1916
Your of the 27th to hand with further particulars… re my son, the late L. R. Alderson. I am very grateful to your Society for the valuable information obtained and fully realise the difficulty thre must be in tracing a large number of cases of men wounded and missing. He is now officiatlly reported killed by the Military Office and a few of his belongings have been returned.
Yours faithfully, W.H.Alderson.
Records of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau