Charles Edgar HOOPER

Badge Number: S7153, Sub Branch: Glenelg

HOOPER , Charles Edgar

Service Number: 2099
Enlisted: 30 June 1916, Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, January 1884
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Natural causes , Repatriation Hospital, Springbank, South Australia, 13 August 1948
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 19, Site No: 9
Memorials: Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

30 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2099, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide
28 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2099, 43rd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2099, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
24 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2099, 43rd Infantry Battalion, he was discharged because he was medically unfit (not due to misconduct).

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Biography contributed by St Aloysius College

Charles Edgar Hooper was born in approximately January 1884 in Adelaide, South Australia. He had a brother whose name was Archie Edgar, and a sister names Ester Burgess. His religion was Church of England. He had medium completion, Hazel eyes, and Brown hair and was 5ft 8 inches.

Before joining the army, Charles was a painter. He lived at Helmsdale, Glenelg, with his wife Adeline Clara Hooper. On 6 July 1916 Chalres enlisted in the AIF at Adelaide, as a private. He embarked on the HMAT Anchises A68 on 28 August 1916 and disembarked at Plymouth on 11 October 1916. After some time in hospital, he reached his unit, the 43rd Battalion, on 7 February 1917. Charles was repeatedly ill during his time in Europe and was quickly returned to Australia after the Armistace.

It is unclear whether he participated in any great battles but, on occasion, Charles Edgar Hooper was in Armentieres with other soldiers. In February 5th 1917 they were cutting enemy wire and some of them were shot and went to the hospital. The next day it was quiet and not many noises, only 2 shots shooting. They had snipers and patrols with them. On 7 of February, they started repairing and the enemy was quiet.

He left England to return to Australia on 4 December 1918. After returning from the war Charles Edgar lived for 28 years and then died in 13th August 1948 at the age of 62. He was recorded as "beloved husband of Ada and loving father of Sid", and was buried in West Terrace Cemetery.