Cremer, Edward William (3021)
Place of Birth: Carlton, VIC
Age: 19 years 3 months
Enlistment Details: Saturday, 10 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC
Service Number: 3021 view online service record
44 Tribe Street
South Melbourne, VIC
Next of Kin:
E Cremer (father)
213 Station Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Date: Saturday, 16 October 1915
Ship: HMAT Port Lincoln A17
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion – 10th Reinforcements
KIA: Wednesday, 11 April 1917
Wife: A C Cremer, 44 Tribe Street, South Melbourne (although the papers say Port Melbourne)
Sergeant, 46 Infantry, killed in action 11 April, 1917, France, aged 21, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
Father: Edward CREMER, Wife: Mrs Alice C FREEMAN (previously CREMER), born Carlton. Enlisted at 19 years of age, a labourer with his father at 213 Station Street as next of kin, but before embarkation he married, his wife at 44 Tribe Street, later at 182 Nelson Road, South Melbourne. No known grave. The circular was prepared by AWM historians, but showed her re-married as Mrs Alice FREEMAN and proved untraceable after allegations of her misconduct with Freeman while her late husband was overseas.
Additional research by Brian Membrey
A brother, Victor Joseph enlisted 10 February, 1916 as a 24-year-old wood turner; his Attestation shows his father Edward William at 213 Station Street, later adjusted to a wife Alice Stella at 160 Nott Street. He was allocated as V20115 but discharged while in Seymour Camp on 24 June with varicose veins. The couple’s first-born son Victor Joseph junior was killed in action aboard HMAS Pine on 11 April, 1943, his address shown as 82 Cecil Street, South Melbourne.
“… Sgt Cremer was seen in the German Trench a few minutes before C. Coy. retired to our original front line. He was then unwounded. He certainly did not get back to our lines. Sgt. Cremer may have been killed while on his way back or taken prisoner” (T. M. Couchman) Another eyewitness suggested that Cremer “… shot himself rather than be taken prisoner after his last bomb had been thrown”
CREMER.-Officially reported killed in action on the 11th April, Sergeant E. W. Cremer, aged 21 years. (Previously reported missing.)
He did what he could;
He could do no more.
(lnserted by his sorrowing parents, his sister Hilda and brother Albert)