Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Alexander Peter MISSEN


Born: 1893

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 33670

Birthplace: Toolern Vale

Parents: Walter Missen
Jessie McIntosh

Died: 5 October, 1918

Cause: Killed In Action

Place of death: Northern outskirts of Montbrehain

Burial place: Calvaire British Cemetery, Montbrehain, Picardie, France: Plot 1, Row A, Grave 17

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal
  • 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque


24th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: 5863

Enlistment date: 2 June, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 22 years 9 months

Address at enlistment: Toolern Vale, Victoria

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: Walter Missen, Toolern Vale

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Brown Mark on right eye

Embarkation ship: A71 Nestor.

Rank: Private

War Service Summary

02/06/1916 - Enlisted
25/06/1916 - No 3. Company, Machine Gun Depot, Seymour
02/10/1916 - Embarked from Australia aboard H.M.A.T. Nestor
16/11/1916 - Disembarked; Plymouth
17/02/1917 - Sick to Parkhouse Hospital No. 2; mumps
05/03/1917 - Marched in from Hospital
10/04/1917 - Proceeded overseas to France; ex 6th Training battalion, Larkhill
11/04/1917 - Etaples
05/05/1917 - Taken on strength to 24th Battalion; France
02/06/1917 - Sick to hospital; admitted 5th Field Ambulance
11/06/1917 - Discharged to duty
12/06/1917 - Rejoined Battalion
14/06/1917 - To hospital, sick; Admitted and transferred to 5th Australian Field Ambulance; trench fever, severe
19/06/1917 - Transferred to P.U.O., Rouen
24/06/1917 - Invalided to England
25/06/1917 - Embarked for England per Warilda
26/06/1917 - Admitted to Tooting Military Hospital; trench fever
22/08/1917 - Discharged to furlo from Tooting Military Hospital
05/09/1917 - Report to Depot; Hurdcott
22/11/1917 - Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade; Hurdcott and Sandhill Camp, Long Deverill
19/12/1917 - Proceed overseas to France; Harve
26/12/1917 - Rejoined Battalion; in the field
22/03/1918 - Wounded in Action; gassed; admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance
27/03/1918 - Transferred to C. Clearing Station; gas wound
31/03/1918 - To 35th General Hospital, Calais; gas wound
02/04/1918 - Transferred to England; Admitted Barnet War Hospital
31/05/1918 - Transferred to 3rd Auxilliary Hospital, Dartford
03/06/1918 - Discharged to No. 3 C.D. Hurdcott
01/09/1918 - Marched in from England; Harve
03/09/1918 - Marched out to unit
06/09/1918 - Rejoined Battalion
05/10/1918 - Killed In Action

War Service Commemerated

Killed in action.

Date: 5 October, 1918

Killed at the northern outskirts of Montbrehain.

Buried 82B.C.25.C.31.
He was later reburied at Calvaire British Cemetery, Montbrehain, Picardie, France: Plot 1, Row A, Grave 17.
Eight miles NE of St Quentin

Effects sent per Baltana:
3 brushes, 1 razor in case, 1 strop, 1 razor stone, 1 steel mirror, 1 metal soap box, 2 cards
Effects sent per Bulla:
Photos, letters, cards, note book
Effects sent per Barambah:
1 disc, 2 wallets, 1 file, photos, cards

Additional Information

Melton Express
Saturday 20 April 1918 p 2

Mr. Walter Missen, Toolern Vale, has been officially informed that his son, Pte. A. P. Missen, has been "gassed" whilst on Active Service.

Melton Express
Saturday 7 September 1918, P 2
Planting the Honor Avenue took place in the Toolern Park on Saturday last. The scheme adopted involved two concave semi-circles, facing the road, the converging points being 16ft. apart. Between these two points it is intended to erect the Honor Tablet, when the design has been approved; two specially selected shrubs were planted at this point, known as Thuja Doniana, a new and very handsome type of evergreen. The rest of the trees are golden cypresses. The line of the semi-circles was arranged well in advance of the cypress hedge (which was planted three years ago) and forms a background to the whole plantation. The blend of coloring from the golden-tinted trees against the dark green hedge will give a very fine effect in a few years time. The planting was carried, out under supervision and the trees well watered and thoroughly mulched to preserve the moisture on account of the lateness of the season for planting.

The list of those who enlisted from the North Riding contains 20 names and a corresponding number of trees were planted. Precedence was given in the order of planting to those who have made the supreme sacrifice. The list is as follows:-
R. J. Wynne, A. Cameron, H. Foster, W. G. Hogg, A. G. Tedcastle, E. Cameron, N. Cameron, J. Clarke, J. S. Farrell, O. Jurd, A. Lachmund, S. J. T. McCorkell, R. J. MacPherson, A. P. Missen, G. A. G. Smith, G. Snowden, R. Gault, D. Cameron,
J. H. Bartrop, R. Bartrop. …..

The Bacchus Marsh Express
7 December, 1918, p. 2

MR. WALTER MISSEN and family desire to express sincere thanks to their many kind friends and relatives for letters and cards of sympathy during their recent sad bereavement, in the loss of their dear son and brother, Private Alexander Peter Missen, killed in Action, on 5th October, 1918


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