Clement Percival WITHERS

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WITHERS, Clement Percival

Service Number: 1980
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goulburn area, NSW, 15 May 1898
Home Town: Goulburn, Goulburn Mulwaree, New South Wales
Schooling: Sacred Heart Convent, Goulburn
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 23 July 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Bethleem Farm West Cemetery
Near Messines, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1980, 55th Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1980, 55th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Barambah, Sydney
23 Jul 1917: Involvement Private, SN 1980, 35th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Clemmie was the son of Catherine and George Withers. He was the tenth of their 12 children.

Clemmie must have been a fairly good student because he received a book prize for "Fisrt Place in First Class" on 16 December 1909 at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Goulburn.

Clemmie was living with his parents in Grafton Street in Goulburn when he enlisted on 25 January 1916. He was 17 years old. His mother was heartbroken when he enlisted and initially told him she would not agree. However he was determined to go and told his mother he would go to another town to enlist if necessary.

 

 

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