June 23, 2015
GARRETT, Alfred- – – – SPC 1909-1910
DoB:- – 8 October 1896, Buninyong, VIC
Father:– – Edwin G Garrett
Mother:- – Helen/Ellen Maria, nee Lye
Alfred Garrett was a boarder at St Patrick’s. He was a keen debater, participating in the annual College debating competitions. He was also a gifted violinist. He obtained an Honourable Mention in 1910 and was described as -‘-¦ being gifted with a keen artistic temperament, he should become a good player’.
Service No:- –
Rank:– – –
Unit:– – 8th Depot Battalion
Alfred enlisted on 14 July 1915, aged 19 years and seven months. He was five feet, four and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, green eyes and black hair. He put his occupation as Farmer.
Alfred served 40 days and never left Australia. His date of discharge was 6 September 1915.
His service record includes a memorandum dated 19 October 1920 which explains what happened;
-‘-¦ the following information is furnished in connection with Alfred GARRETT.
a)- He enlisted for active service in the Australian Infantry Force
b)- Was attached to 8th Depot Battalion
c)- Discharged medically unfit, not due to misconduct. Disability -“ Hammer Toe
d)- Disability originated prior to enlistment
e)- Circumstances not within his control rendered him unable to leave Australia for service abroad
f)- There is nothing in his file to show that his character and conduct was other than good -¦’
Alfred returned to farming life, and lived at Lal Lal with his parents. The College was unable to trace his movements after 1924.