Eric Henry Hawkins CHAMBERS


CHAMBERS, Eric Henry Hawkins

Service Number: 2821
Enlisted: 8 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 15 July 1893
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Gilles Street Public School
Occupation: Telephone Mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 25 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide Gilles Street Primary School WW1 Honour Board (Original), Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Postmaster General's Department WWI Honour Board , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2821, 10th Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2821, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
21 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2821, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Nathan Rohrlach

Please Note: Full name recorded as Eric Henry Hawkins Chambers. Enlisted under the shortened name of Eric Henry Chambers (


Eric Henry Hawkins Chambers was born on 15 May 1893 in Adelaide to Alfred John and Ellen Chambers (nee Hawkins.)

Educated at Giles Street Public School, he was living in Unley and working as a 22 year old telephone mechanic prior to enlisting. On 8 June 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 9th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 21 September 1915 aboard HMAT Star of England. After serving at Gallipoli, he went on to serve in France on the Western Front where he was killed in action at Pozieres on 25 July 1916. Private Chambers is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France with others who have no known grave. 

Adapted from AWM (