Alan Serafino Righetti

August 4, 2015

RIGHETTI, Alan Serafino- – – – SPC 1902-1904

DoB:- – 23 August 1889, Heywood

Father:- – Edmund Edward Righetti

Mother:- – Mary, nee Desmond

Alan Righetti was a boarder at St Patrick’s from Portland, Victoria.

Service No:- –

Rank:- – Lieutenant

Unit:- – 2nd Light Horse

Alan Serafino Righetti applied for a Commission in the Light Horse Regiment on 15 August 1914, 11 days after Britain declared war on Germany. He was a single man, who worked as a storekeeper. He was five feet, eight and a half inches tall.

Lieutenant Righetti embarked from Brisbane on 9 February 1915 aboard the Itria. He was involved in the landing at Suvla Bay on the Turkish Peninsula on 25 April 1915, and remained at Gallipoli until the evacuation of troops in December.

After that campaign, he proceeded to Egypt, disembarking on 26 December 1915. He was admitted to hospital in March 1916 at Ismalia suffering from mild pyrexia (fever). He then rejoined his unit at Romani. On 4 August 1916, he was killed in action at Romani, and buried on the battlefield.

His body was later interred at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

In 1967, Alan’s sister, Mrs Eleanor Monica Young, wrote to the Central Army Records Office, requesting her brothers’ Anzac medal;

-‘-¦ My brother Lieutenant Alan S Righetti was killed in action at the Battle of Romani on August 4th 1916 after serving at Gallipoli. His father was also in Egypt, Major E E Righetti -“ he was a Boer War Veteran, but did not serve at Gallipoli. They both enlisted in the Light Horse whilst we were living in Queensland.

I am the only surviving relative -¦ I would be pleased and honoured to receive an Anzac Medal -¦’