Edgar James Clarence CHENEY


CHENEY, Edgar James Clarence

Service Number: 798
Enlisted: 14 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Train
Born: Islington, South Australia, 3 September 1893
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Nailsworth Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Heart disease, Alexandria, Egypt, 1 March 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 798, 1st Divisional Train, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 798, 1st Divisional Train, HMAT Benalla, Melbourne

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Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) incorrectly shows Christian name as Edward, instead of Edgar


Driver Edgar J. C. Cheney, who died at Heliopolis on March 1, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Cheney, of Islington, and grandson of Mr. Thomas Cheney, of Templers. He was 22 years of age on September 30, and left Adelaide for Melbourne on his 21st birthday, where he was attached to the 3rd Australian Army Service Corps of the 1st Expeditionary Forces.

He was educated at tne Nailsworth public school, and was a member of the St. Ninian's Cricket Club, and a member of the Prospect Football Club. It is said of him that he was a true sportsman, and always played the game best in defeat. He was certainly one of the best liked footballers on the metropolitan grounds, and his clean manly game made him the idol of the crowds. He was an excellent horse-man, an enthusiastic and fearless soldier, and was well known throughout the district in which he lived." from the Adelaide Chronicle 01 Apr 1916 (nla.gov.au)