The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Alfred Charles
- Nick Name:
- Alf or Snook
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Adelaide, South Australia
- Father's Name:
- Lawrence Mussman
- Mothers's Name:
- Maud Mussman
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Fitter’s Assistant
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 30.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan
- Date of Death:
- Where killed at map reference 758128 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.
This soldier had received a wound to the head. Mussman was KIA 13 February 1842 at Ula Pandang, Singapore.
About 8 months later, when the Japanese finally agreed to repeated Allied requests to recover their dead, Mussman’s body was found, identified by his identity discs and buried where killed by the burial party. Informant’s signatures were Harry Bunker and R.D. Hampson.
Alf’s football career began early in SA where he was born and grew up.
Sturt Football Club 1931:
Members of the Sturt Football Club. Top row: G. Westley (trainer), C. Foreman (trainer), F.R. Johnstone (trainer), E.A. Lord (head trainer), T.R.L. Alderman (committee), O.B. Beatty (trainer), D.C. Sharp (trainer), A. Longmore (trainer), A.G. Etheridge (trainer). Second row: E. Colley, A.C. Mussman, J. Headon, W.K. Dunn, G.J.R. Green, A.G. Smith, E. Fisher, A. Morgan, C. Rossiter, G. Headon. Third row: O. Richardson (committee), F.G. Aistrope, W. Martin, P.T. Morton, L.L. Simon, P. Robertson, J. [sic] Wakefield, G.D. Smith, E.W. Sims, C.B. Parsons, T.M. Beatty (timekeeper). Fourth row: H.W. Johnston, H.J. Moody (committee), R. Green, J.K. Alderman (chairman), V.A. Bateman (captain), H.C. Richards (patron), C. Whitehead (vice-captain), E.R. Brown, (president), A.L. Payne, S. White (coach), L. King. Front row: S.W. Lord (assistant secretary), S. Headon, L.W. Leak, R.S. Beatty (secretary), W. Smith, H.G. Matthews (committee), R. Treleaven, J. Wadham, A. Harris (doorkeeper).
Members of the Sturt Football Club. Top row: G. Wesley (trainer), A. Longmore (trainer), E.A. Lord (trainer), D.C. Sharp (trainer), W. Mitchell (color steward), O.B. Beatty (trainer), F.R. Johnstone (trainer), C. Foreman (trainer), A.G. Etheridge (trainer). Second row: T.M. Beatty (timekeeper), A.C. Longmore, C. Rossiter, K. Brown, G. Davis, W. Beeching, A.G. Smith, M. Purdie, J.F. Golding, S. Headon, R.S. Beatty (secretary). Third row: O. Richardson (committee), L. King, G. Headon, W. Martin, P.R. Robertson, L. Shuttleworth, K.M. Sawatzke, F.G. Aistrope, G.J.R. Green, A.C. Mussman, T.R.L. Alderman (committee). Fourth row: H.J. Moody (committee), W.K. Dunn, C.B. Parsons, J.K. Alderman (chairman), V.A. Bateman (captain), E.R. Brown (president), J. Wadham (vice-captain), H.R. Bruce (committee) E. Fisher, E.W. Sims, H.G. Matthews (committee). Front row: A. Donaldson, L.A. Reeves, L.W. Leak, S. White, W. Smith, A. Wundersitz, A. Harris (doorkeeper), R. Treleaven, H.W. Johnston, R. Piper.
Below: Mussman likened to an ‘Arab who steals away’ – this reporter has a vivid imagination!
Mussman was a bit of a larrikin as seen here. He also wrote on his enlistment details his religion was ‘Agnostic’ – not many would have done so!
It appears Alf Mussman was a spirited young footballer!
Below: Alff’s 1937 engagement to Dorothy Owens is announced in SA Newspapers. It is not known whether the marriage proceeded.
Below: Mussman and Innes are recorded at the East Perth Football Club WW2 Honour Roll.
Alf’s father died in SA May 1941.
Alf’s mother died in 1949.