Charles Ernest Slocombe

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Slocombe, Private Charles Ernestno. 172

36th Battalion A Company.

Jeffrey Street, Canterbury and Narrandera.


Born at Goulburn 1879, son of John and Mary Elizabeth Slocombe.

Enlisted at Goulburn 6/1/1916, aged 36.


Church of England.

Next of kin, father, John Slocombe, Whitton Street, Narrandera.

Living at 260 Moore Park Road, Sydney, at enlistment.

Embarked from Sydney 13/5/1916 per HMAT A72 Beltana.

Men who fell DT 12/2/1917 Private Charles Ernest Slocombe was reported as being killed in action on January 22. He was a member of the original 36th Battalion, and prior to enlisting resided at Moore Park Road, Sydney. He was a single man, 36 years of age, and was the son of Mr J. Slocombe, of Whitton Street, Narrandera. (An earlier reference to Private Slocombe erroneously stated that he was married).

Casualty list DT 15/2/1917 Killed in action Killed in action 22/1/1917, south of the Lys near Armentieres in a German raid.

(C.E.W. Bean 1917 vol., p.569) Buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, grave IV.D.44 (Cemetery off the D945, just before Erquinghem-sur-la-Lys).

Roll of Honour SMH 22/1/1918 Slocombe. - Killed in action in France, January 22, 1917.

Private Charles, aged 37. Dearly beloved friend of Viva Caldwell. I pictured his safe returning, I longed to clasp his hand; But God has postponed the meeting, Twill be in a better land.

Slocombe. - Private Charles E. Slocombe, killed in action in France, January 22, 1917.

A noble life ended for God king and country Inserted by T. Small.

Memorial, St Paul’s Cemetery, Canterbury (Killed in action in France, aged 36 years).

Anzac Memorial

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. Every name is linked to an editable version of the individual’s biography copied from the Canterbury’s Boys book. The editable biographical files have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002