Cecil Claude AHRENS

AHRENS, Cecil Claude

Service Number: 4726
Enlisted: 1 November 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Upper Sturt, South Australia, 19 March 1897
Home Town: Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Scott's Creek Public School
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 16 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, District of Upper Sturt Methodist Church Honour Board, District of Upper Sturt Methodist Church Honour Roll, Gumeracha Our Fallen Heroes WW1 Honour Board, Gumeracha Town Hall WW1 Roll of Honor, Upper Sturt and District Roll of Honour WW1 WW2, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4726, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4726, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

--- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Mongolia embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''

9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4726, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4726, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 4726 awm_unit: 50 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-08-16

Report of death in Newspaper

Observer Newspaper

Mrs. E J Ahrens, of Ironbank, Upper Sturt, has been officially notified that her youngest son, Pte. Cecil Claude Ahrens, was killed on active service in France on August 16 last. The deceased, who was 19 years of age, enlisted from Gumeracha in November, 1915 and left for Egypt in the following March. He was highly respected by a large circle of friends.

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Son of William AHRENS and Elizabeth Jane nee MORGAN

Killed at Mouquet Farm by Artillery Fire. Date of death is unknown, but possibly on the 13 August, as 50th Battalion only took roll on 16 August 1916 after they had being in the front line for four days. 

Biography contributed by Modbury High School

Cecil Claude Aherns was born on March 19, 1897, in Upper Sturt, South Australia. He attended Scott's Creek Public School in South Australia. He practised the Methodist religion. His father was William Ahrens, and his mother was  E J. Ahrens. Before the war he worked as a driver.

He enlisted on November 1st, 1915, and on March 9th, 1916, his unit sailed from Adelaide, South Australia, on board the RMS Mongolia. He was a private and served in the 74th Division of the Military Cadets prior to the war. During the war he fought with the 10th Infantry Battalion and then was transferred to the 50th Infantry Battalion.

On the 16th August 1916, at the Battle of Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France Aherns was killed in action, aged 19 years.