Edwin Alexander CAMERON


CAMERON, Edwin Alexander

Service Number: 3380
Enlisted: 13 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Penola, South Australia, 29 September 1886
Home Town: Penola, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Penola State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glencoe Soldiers Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Penola Coonawarra & Penola Sub-Branch R.S.S.&A.I.L.A. Honour Roll, Penola District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

13 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3380, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3380, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
10 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3380, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3380, 48th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Alexander CAMERON and Margaret (nee MCKENZIE)

Biography contributed by Westminster School

Private Edwin Alexander Cameron's Story 

Edwin Alexander Cameron was born in Penola, South Australia on the 29th of September, 1886. Edwin attended Penola State School and after he completed school he became a farmer joining his father. Edwin is the son of Alexander CAMERON and Margaret (nee MCKENZIE.)

Edwin enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13th of October 1916 Adelaide, South Australia.  He joined the 48th Battalion in the 9th Reinforcement. Edwin was 28 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches, 164 lbs, grey eyes with dark brown hair. Previous to Edwin enlisting in the AIF he served in the South Australian Infantry Regiment as a volunteer.

On the 10th of February 1917 the unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT Seang Bee, Edwin was ranked as a private. The 48th Battalion was raised in 1916 to take part in World War I they fought in the trenches of the Western Front in Belgium and France.

Edwin was involved in the unsuccessful attempt to seize the Passchendaele Ridge from the defending Germans on the 12th of October 1917. The fight was vicious and it took place in one of the most appalling waterlogged conditions, which helped render the name Passchendaele a synonym for slaughter. Edwin Alexander Cameron died that day in the line of duty fighting for our country at the age of 31, we should be very proud to know that Edwin made a great contribution to the freedom we have today. He died in great honour and will always be remembered.