Clem Charles EDWARDS

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EDWARDS, Clem Charles

Service Number: 4703
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wokurna, South Australia, 10 March 1894
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Port Broughton Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 November 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Broughton War Memorial, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4703, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4703, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE C. C. EDWARDS.

Mrs. A. J. Miller, of Smith-street, Walkerville, whose youngest son, Private Clem C. Edwards, enlisted from Port Broughton, and was reported as wounded and missing, has now been officially informed that he was killed in action on November 5." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 07 Apr 1917 (nla.gov.au)

 

Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.

Clem departed England for Etaples France on 5 September 1916 and joined his unit 14 days later in Belgium. Three days later he was admitted to the 7 th General Hospital, Belgium, with measles. He rejoined the battalion on 2 October and was reported as wounded 3 days later.

During the night of November 5 th 1916 Edwards went over with his Battalion for an attack on Flers near Bapaume. He was shot at Flers behind enemy lines and was thought to be wounded. Pte. H. Cooper 27 th AIF. His body had been lying in no-man’s land and it was impossible to bring it in. Edwards was buried by the Rev. Hume Robertson 28 th A.I.F. B. Coy on the 4 th March 1917.

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