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My great grandfather Oscar Andreas Enbom was killed just outside Querrieu in 1918, i searched for a long time to find out the circumstances of his death. After a year i found a line in a report about another soilder who had been killed the same day. The circumstances of there deaths states " while sleeping in billets nr Querriu a bomb landed on the tent of 3 soliders, the bomb droped by unknown aviator. These poor soilder had fought hard in recent battles only to be blown up when sleeping in a place they may have felt safe. Why do you think none of the familys were informed of the circumstances of that day!!!!! well anyone with thoughts let me know.

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Next of kin would have received the usual notification, whatever that was in Australia. Details of a soldier's death were normally conveyed by a letter or letters from his officer or his mates. Are you sure that such letters were not lost subsequently? The rear lines were subject to bombardment from artillery and the air. Many thousands of men and women including non-combatants were killed or wounded in this way.

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Maybe a letter from His C.O. to the N.O.K. with the Usual Prose.."He was Killed Instantly and Felt No Pain"

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His service record is here:

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.as...mp;I=1&SE=1

I suspect you have seen that. There are some important papers in that file: Naturalization, Oath of Allegience and Marriage Extract. However, there is nothing to advise the cause of death.

The 16th Bn Diaries will be digitised and on line via the AWM sometime over the next couple of years.

His name appears on the AWM Honour Roll and is listed on Panel 79.

http://www.awm.gov.au/roh/person.asp?p=145-16888

His Embarkation Record is here:

http://www.awm.gov.au/nominalrolls/ww1/emb...on.asp?p=256592

Bright Blessings

Sandra

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The battalion history mentions 3 a men KIA by an aircraft bomb. The two other men KIA that day appear to have been 6061 SGT W.L.Menzies MM and 4904 SGT W.A.Schiff MM. Menzies has a Red Cross file that mentions the other 2 men KIA at the same time by the bomb...one being Schiff and the other LCPL Enbom. Link below.

http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/1DRL428/0...023-1751506.pdf

Rgds

Tim D

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I always forget the Red Cross files ... you would think I would remember by now .... :angry2:

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