Clarence Otto Sladden

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Clarence Otto Sladden
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1898
Place of Birth Leederville, Western Australia
Death 25 Nov 1989, aged 91
Place of Death Ferndale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 2 months
Description 5'4¼" (1.63m) tall ; 130 lbs
58.967 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Carter
Religion Presbyterian
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Arthur Sladden
Military Information
Reg Number 7338
Date of Enlistment 2 Oct 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 24th Reinforcements / 4th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Jan 1917 ‒ 27 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 21 Jun 1919 ‒ 3 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On SS Königin Luise
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

After a month's basic training Clarence was allocated to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. However, this was later changed to the 24th draft.

On arrival in England he was sent to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford to prepare for deployment to the Western Front, earning appointment as Lance Corporal (15 Jun 1917), before on 9 Jul 1917 proceeding to France through Southampton. On entering France he reverted to Private.

On 27 Jul 1917 Clarence joined the 16th Battalion near Neuve-Eglise, Belgium where the was that day inspected by General Plummer, General Officer Commanding the 2nd British Army.

Clarence spent the rest of the war with his unit other than when he enjoyed some leave in France during August 1918.

On 1 Mar 1919 Clarence faced a Field General Court Martial, charged with "Without reasonable excuse allowing a person to escape whom it was his duty to guard". Found guilty he was awarded 30 days Field Punishment No 2. On 24 Apr 1919 he moved back to England from France to begin the return journey to Australia.

Discharged 5th Military District 10 Sep 1919.

Post War

On 25 Apr 1925 Clarence married Emily Frances Hook in West Leederville.[1] Emily died 30 Dec 1992 in Ferndale, aged 91. A son Clarence Edward was born in Victoria Park on 1 Dec 1926.[2]

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 Mundijong, farmer; 1925 at 2 Nicholson street, Balkatta, fireman; 1931 - 1968 at 23 Sussex street, Victoria Park, fireman; 1972 - 1980 at 59a Henry street, East Cannington, retired.


  1. Western Mail 23 Jul 1925 p.2
  2. The West Australian 16 Dec 1926 p.1

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