Connington, Corporal Mechanic Alexander William (615)

No 3 Sqn AFC

Alexander Connington came from Balmain in Sydney, and was a 20 year old Fitter and Turner with the NSW Railways when he enlisted in No 2 Sqn AFC at the Sydney Show Ground on 19 September 1916, while serving in the 36th Infantry Battalion of the AMF and having previously soldiered for a month with the 2nd Infantry Battalion AIF before being discharged as being under age. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A36 Ulysses on 25 October. On arrival in the UK he attended several courses for aeroplane fitters before being hospitalised when it was discovered that he was a carrier for spinal fever. After hospital he was trained as an armament fitter before a posting to No 3 Sqn AFC on the Western Front in August 1917. He had another period in a UK hospital being flown to France to rejoin No 3 Sqn in May 1918. A number of short spells in hospital followed before he was promoted to Corporal in June, and he then returned to the UK for training as a pilot. Tragically, he was infected with influenza, and was sent to hospital in Aylesbury, where he died on 25 October 1918.

Cpl A W Connington was buried privately by his family in the north-west part of the Cemetery at SS Tyssilio and Mary Churchyard, Llandysilio, Anglesey, Wales.

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