Edward William Clifton aka Edward Clifton Leneard

First Name: 
Edward
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Clifton aka Leneard
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, September 14, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
55th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, July 20, 1916
Place of Death: 
Fromelles, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Edward Clifton (Service No 4775) was born in Sydney around 1889.  On 17th February 1911 he married Elsie Rock under the name Leneard and appears to have had 2 children.

When Edward enlisted he was 25 years old, lived at Thirroul, N.S.W. and was employed as a motor driver.  Edward's enlistment documents record both names and his wife is addressed as Mrs Clifton.

Edward embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A15 Star of England with 15th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, on 8th March 1916.  After arriving in Egypt he was transferred to 55th Battalion, on 20th April 1916, and arrived in France on 29th June 1916.

Edward was killed in action less than a month later, on 20th July 19,16 at the battle of Fromelles.

He is buried in Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La chapelle d'Armentieres, France; Plot III, Row C, Grave 25.  His headstone carries the name Clifton.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CLIFTON E W

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