Claude Alfred CORNER

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CORNER, Claude Alfred

Service Number: 6849
Enlisted: 10 January 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wallombi, New South Wales, Australia, December 1896
Home Town: East Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Gsw To Head, Killed In Action, Frelinghien, near Armentieres France, Belgium, 1 January 1918
Cemetery: Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Belgium
Plot I, Row K, Grave 6, Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hereford House Reunion Club Roll of Honour, Mulbring Roll of Honor, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6849, 20th Infantry Battalion
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 6849, 20th Infantry Battalion
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 6849, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.
 
102 years ago today, on the 1st January 1918, Private Claude Alfred Corner, 20th Battalion (Reg No-6849), teacher from Mulbring, New South Wales, was Killed in Action in France, age 22.
 
Born at Wollombi, New South Wales on the 5th December 1895 (as CLAUD A) to Herbert Alfred (died 1936) and Mary Anne (Minnie, died 1951, name not inscribed on headstone) Corner of 27 Hall Street, Merewether, New South Wales and 2 Neville Street, Mayfield, N.S.W., Claude enlisted December 1916 at West Maitland, N.S.W. (Address given as Cessnock Superior Public Boys School, N.S.W.).
 
Pte  Corner is resting at Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. Plot I Row K Grave 6.
 
Claude’s name has been inscribed on the Book of Gold, Stroud Public School Roll of Honour, Scone Public School Honour Roll, Cessnock War Memorial, Public School Teachers World War 1 Honour Roll, Hereford House Reunion Club, Teachers College WW1 Roll of Honour, Public School Teachers who Served Abroad World War 1 Honour Roll. Name possibly was inscribed on the Mulbring Public School Roll of Honour.
 
There is no memorial inscription on the headstone of Claude’s parents to tell us of the loss of their son during The Great War, and I cannot erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies to honour the supreme sacrifice of this 1st A.I.F. Digger. METHODIST 4-04. 30.
 
Lest We Forget.

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