1341, Private Alfred Vandenbergh
6th Light Horse Regiment AIF
14th Field Artillery Brigade AIF
Alfred Vandenbergh, was my father’s cousin one of the 6 Vandenbergh boys who served in WW1, they all returned except Bert Vandenbergh of 3rd Battalion who was killed at Pozieres. My father Walter Vandenbergh (Vandy) 1887-1972 also of 3rd Battalion kept the shrapnel studded tunic he wore when they charged at Pozieres. My father was severely disabled at Pozieres and devoted his life to returned soldiers. He became Hon Sec of NSW Returned Soldiers Fund in 1927 and organized Poppy Days and Anzac carnivals in Martin Place, he was awarded MBE in 1937, made life member of RSL, was on committee Council of Social Services and 3rd Battalion Association and was presented with illuminated address when he retired in 1960.
Alfred Vandenbergh was born 28 August 1890 at Robertson in Southern Highlands of NSW, his father William Vandenbergh (1858-1941) and his brother Charles (1883-1937) both enlisted in 5th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse for service in Boer War. All the Vandenbergh boys at Robertson were “Robertson Lancers”, Alfred had served for nearly 5 years with 28th Light Horse before enlisting in 1915. Alfred was at Codford Camp awaiting shipment back to Australia, he met an English girl, Natalie Green whom he married on 4 March 1919 at Solihull, Warwickshire. They both returned on “Zealandia” to farm at “Athelstan” at Robertson but had to leave the land during the Depression. Alfred and Natalie managed railway refreshment rooms for NSW railways and then joined lighthouse service. He retired to Bega where he died on 23 May 1982. They had one son Frederick who served with distinction in WW2 and Fred had just one daughter who served with Navy and has never married so we are glad to have Alfred remembered at Anzacs Online.
Picture Source – Judith Green