Born: 1896, Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Died: 13th August 1915; age 42; Died at Sea. Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’, following torpedo attack by enemy submarine. Served 361 days.
Previously – Royal Engineers – Termination of Engagement.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 18th August 1914; Age: 45 years & 2 months; Occupation: Sawyer; Religion: CofE; Next of Kin: Mrs Chamberlain – 4, Victoria Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 8 ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & light brown hair. Tattoos – flag & star on front left leg & E.C & C.C back of left forearm.
Promoted: Corporal – 10th February 1915.
Promoted: Sergeant – 8th March 1915.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 5
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, East Anglian Casualty Clearing Station.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 -1915 Star.
Panel 199 and 200 or 236 to 239 and 328.
Turkey (including Gallipoli).
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alice Chamberlain, of 19, Sirdar Road, Ipswich.
1901 14, Ashby Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Edward was 5 years old and living with his mother & sister at the home of their maternal grandparents. An aunt & uncle + cousins were also living at the house.
William Wright, 65, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Ludham, Norfolk.
Eliza Wright, 66, born Kessingland, Suffolk.
Alice Chamberlain (nee Wright), 30, a Net Worker, born Lowestoft.
Ethel May Chamberlain, 6, born Lowestoft.
Margaret Horne (nee Wright), 29, born Lowestoft.
Albert Horne, 28, a Grocer’s Warehouseman, born Norwich, Norfolk.
Florence Horne, 6, born Lowestoft.
Alice Horne, 3 months, born Lowestoft.
Edward’s father was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers.
1911 10, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Edward was 15 years old, an Errand boy – Butcher. He was living with his parents & sister.
Edward Ernest J. Chamberlain, 44, a Platelayer – Railway, born Lowestoft.
Ethel, 17, a Tobacconist Assistant.
On the 19th January 1921, Edward’s Hymn Book & New Testament was returned to his family.
Edward is also remembered on the war memorial under Transport at the Town Hall, Ipswich.
Royal Army Medical Corps:http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/royal-army-medical-corps-in-the-first-world-war/