Private Alfred John Lines was an 18 year old Engineer’s buyer from Alfred Street, Granville. He was the son of Mr Alfred Lines and Mrs Emily Lines, also of Alfred Street, Granville. He was born in Mooney Ponds, Victoria. He enlisted on 28 October 1915 and was assigned to 7 Light Horse Regiment, 16 Reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Palermo A56 from Sydney on 18 April 1916. He was posted with the signallers in Tel-el-Kebir on 10 June 1916. On 2 January 1917 he was transferred to the 2 Light Horse Regiment in Moascar before being transferred to the 7 Light Horse Regiment on 6 January 1917.
He was admitted to hospital on 22 May 1917, suffering from ulcers. On 25 May 1917 he was transferred to hospital in Pyrexia, Abbassia, suffering from malaria. He was discharged and taken on strength in Moascar on 27 July 1917. On 11 August 1917 he was struck off strength and admitted to Pyrexia, Abbassia, again. He was discharged and marched in from hospital in Moascar on 18 August 1917. On 28 August 1917 he was readmitted to hospital with malaria and remained until he was discharged on 1 September 1917. On 18 November 1917 he was transferred to the 7 Light Horse Regiment. He embarked for Australia aboard the H.T. Malta from Egypt on 3 July 1919.
Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader,Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta, 2017