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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Alexander Bethune
Name: Bethune, Alexander
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2378
Place of Birth: Naracoorte (S. Aust.)
Next of Kin: Jessie Cook - Sister ; National Bank of Australia, Adelaide, S.A.
Biographical notes: He drowned at Borroloola, while crossing the MacArthur River. He was known as "Dangerous Dan" after his habit of reciting this poem.
Occupation: Stockman
Date of Enlistment: 6-May-1916
Age at Enlistment: 40
Place of Enlistment: Darwin
Unit: 52nd Battalion 5th Reinforcement
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1949-06-28
Place of Death: Borroloola
Service History: Bethune was part of the 1916 May contingent sailing on the SS 'Eastern'. The Unit embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A49 'Seang Choon' on 19 September 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth 9 December 1916. Bethune then went to France where suffered gassing with mustard gas in February 1918. He was evacuated to England before being repatriated to Australia per 'D8' where he was discharged medically unfit with defective vision on 12 May 1918.
Related link: "Our Vanishing Pioneers", Centralian Advocate, 28 September 1951: p.10.
"Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 11 May 1916: p.13.
Nominal Roll
Service Record
"Drowned", Northern Standard, 8 July 1949: p.9.
Embarkation Roll
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 15 March, 1919: p.26.
The 52nd Battalion : the history of the 52nd Battalion A.I.F. 1916-1918 by Neville Browning. Huntingdale, W.A. : N. Browning, c2009 printing c2005.
Unit War Diary
Darwin Returned Services League (RSL): a concise history of its conception and development by Clive Francis (Frank) Geddes, OAM edited by Norman S. Cramp. Darwin : Darwin Returned Services League (RSL), 2013: p.45.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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