Eric Shields MATHEWS

MATHEWS, Eric Shields

Service Number: 2436
Enlisted: 21 July 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Riverstone, Blacktown, New South Wales
Schooling: Crown Street Public School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 November 1916
Cemetery: Warlencourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blacktown War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2436, Liverpool, New South Wales
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2436, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2436, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
14 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2436, 19th Infantry Battalion, 'The Winter Offensive' - Flers/Gueudecourt winter of 1916/17

Eric Shields Matthews

Eric Matthews was born in Newcastle NSW in early 1819.

Eric Matthews next of kin was his mother F. Matthews, Riverstone.

Eric Matthews enlisted on 21st of July 1915 at age 25.

Eric Matthews had an occupation as a farm labourer before he joined the army.

Eric Matthews was in the Australian Army.

Eric Matthews was wounded when an exploding shell (a German bomb) hit him and many others, leading to his death.

Eric Matthews name is recorded at the following places:
-Blacktown Soldiers' Memorial
-Riverstone & District Honour Roll
-Riverstone & District War Memorial

Eric Matthews died at 7:00 am on the 14th of November, 1916 when an exploding shell (a German bomb) in World War 1 leading to his death.

-Eric Matthews died at age 26 in France when he was killed in action.
-He is buried in the Warlencourt British Cemetery in France.
-Private Matthews' brother, Rex Matthews (3900) also enlisted.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2436 Private Eric Shields Mathews, 19th Battalion from Riverstone, NSW. A 25 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 21 July 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 5th Reinforcements from Sydney on 5 October 1915 aboard HMAT Themistocles (A32). He joined the 19th Battalion in France where he was killed in action at Flers on 14 November 1916. Pte Mathews is buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery, France." - SOURCE (