Alfred Reeves Winfield
Serial No. 2703
1st Pioneer Battalion
Alfred Reeves Winfield - Information
When the war began, Alfred was residing at 153 Norton St in Ashfield with his wife, Emily May. Alfred was born in Menangle before moving to the Sydney suburbs, where he supported his family working as a fireman. At the age of 39, he joined up on the 8th of May 1916 in Sydney. Becoming a Private with the 5th Reinforcements, 1st Pioneer Battalion at Moore Park, he then embarked Sydney onboard the HMAT Anchises on the 24th of August 1916.
Alfred landed in Devonport in early October. In January 1917, he was transported to the Western Front in France, joining the 1st Pioneer Battalion. While he was working in and behind the lines, he was having difficulty completing tasks, suffering tremendous rheuthatoid pain. He was in and out of hospitals and depots from July. In December, he was invalided to England, where he was diagnosed with rheumatism and myalgia. Consequently, he was invalided back to Australia on the 1st of February 1918 for a medical discharge.