ALDER, William Mitchell

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War II (1939-1945)
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Paddington NSW

Personal Details

Other Name(s)
Known as 'Scotty'
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Sydney, NSW
Address (at enlistment)
Causeway, Kingston ACT
School(s) Attended
Telopea Park School
Next of Kin
Richard Alder (father), Causeway, Kingston ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
Final Rank
Final Unit
2/13 Australian Infantry Battalion


After enlisting in 1941 'Scotty' Alder was allocated to the 7th Armoured Regiment and arrived in the Middle East almost exactly a year later where he joined the 2/13 Battalion just after the Battle of El Alamein. The 2/13 Battalion (part of the 9th Division of the AIF) returned to Australia in February 1943 and, after undertaking jungle training, were sent to Papua New Guinea. In July 1943 they were sent to Milne Bay in Papua in preparation for a sea borne assault on the Japanese in New Guinea. In September 1943 the 2/13 Battalion (as part of the 9th Division) landed near Lae in New Guinea where they undertook operations in the jungle until the town was captured. They were then sent further up the coast to Scarlet Beach near Finschhafen where Alder was wounded in the leg on 25 September 1943. His service file is annotated that his leg was later amputated at the thigh. The Canberra Times report (of 1944) refers to Alder in hospital where he had been lying on his back for six months and was likely to for another eight months. "Now, day after day and week after week, he lies in bed with one leg supported by special apparatus." They did not mention an amputation. Alder returned to the Causeway after the war and later lived in Ainslie. He died on 22 July 1987 and is buried in the ex-services section of Gungahlin Cemetery.


WWII Nominal Roll
ACT Electoral Rolls 1916 to 1967
The Canberra Times - 27 November 1934, 12 April 1944
NAA RecordSearch - Series B883 (Second Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1939-1947)

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William Alder. NAA service file.

William Alder. NAA service file.

Grave of William Alder at Gungahlin Cemetery.

Grave of William Alder at Gungahlin Cemetery.

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