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Percy Edmund CLEMENTS

Regimental number11613
Place of birthEugowra, New South Wales
SchoolVarious public schools in Sydney, New South Wales
Other trainingHawkesbury Agricultural College, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationManager, butter factory
AddressFreeman's Beach, via Windsor, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36.6
Height5' 8"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Clements, Freeman's Beach, via Windsor, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 November 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 2, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of wounds 16 September 1917
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XIX, Row B, Grave No 11), Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Zeitoun, 14 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Transferred to 104th Battery, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, 13 May 1916.

Promoted (Temporary) Bombardier, 14 November 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 6 January 1917. On leave to England, 11 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 28 August 1917.

Wounded in action (compound fractures, left and right feet), 15 September 1917, and admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of multiple shrapnel wounds, 16 September 1917.

Statement, Red Cross File, 11625 Driver C.W. PARNELL, 104 Howitzer Battery, 18 January 1917, re CLEMENTS and 11586 J. MARTIN: 'Martin's mother lives at Chatswood, Sydney. He was rather short and slight, and slightly bald. Clements's name was Percy. He and I enlisted the same day in Sydney. His number was near mine. He was in the 104th Howitzer Batty., 4th Bgde. not 7th. The Battery was formed in Egypt, and he has been in it ever since. Clements and Martin were both at the Battery Position to the left of the Menin Road, near Burr [sic: Birr] Cross Roads. A 5.9 got a direct hit on the gun, and the whole crew were wiped out. This was about the middle of September. Martin was blown to pieces, and nothing was left to bury. Clements was the only man not killed outright. He died of wounds the next day. I saw his grave at Poperinghe in a Military Cemetery alongside No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. There was a cross with his No. &c. on it.'
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as CLEMENS.
Age at death38
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLEMENTS Percy Edmund
Red Cross File 070611K

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