Badge Number: 2952, Sub Branch: Clarence Park


Service Number: 416
Enlisted: 28 January 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 7th Machine Gun Company
Born: Angaston, South Australia, 14 June 1891
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Commerical traveller
Died: Cumberland Park, South Australia, 16 August 1968, aged 77 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Angaston Methodist Church & Sunday School WW1 Honour Board, Kent Town Wesleyan Methodist Church WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

28 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 416, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 416, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 416, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
20 Jun 1916: Transferred 7th Machine Gun Company
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 416
18 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, SN 416

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Biography contributed by Adelaide High School

Clarence Plumstead was born on the 14th of June 1891 in Angaston, South Australia. He completed his education at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia. Clarence went on to be a commercial traveller before enlisting in the AIF. He practised Methodism and lived in Osborne Terrace, Norwood, South Australia with his mother, Mrs S Plumstead. He didn’t have a spouse before the war.

Plumstead enlisted on the 28th of January 1915 at the age of 24 years and 4 months in Keswick, South Australia. During the time of enlistment, he was a private soldier in the 27th Battalion, B company. His unit (27th Battalion, B Company) embarked on the HMAT A2 Geelong on the 31st of May 1915 from Adelaide, South Australia. On the 20th of June 1916, he was taken on strength by the 7th Machine Gun Company. The following year on the 29th of November 1917, Clarence got promoted to sergeant. He served in several different countries including Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium. He returned to Australia on the 8th of April 1919 and was discharged on June 18th, 1919 marking the end of his service for the AIF.

He died on August 16th, 1968 at Cumberland Park. Plumstead died at the age of 77; the reason for his death is unknown. He is buried at Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia.