WW1 solider's grave unidentified for almost 100 years

The grave of a World War One soldier from Jamestown has been identified almost 100 years after he was killed in action.

Corporal Edward Clarence Inglis was born in Jamestown and was a baker before he enlisted in the AIF in September 1915.

He was killed on the third of May in 1918 when the 48th battalion, made up primarily of soldiers from regional parts of South Australia and Western Australia, attacked Monument Wood to the east of Villers-Bretonneux in the north of France.

Unable to be identified, Corporal Inglis’ headstone was marked as Unknown Corporal from the 48th Battalion.

However, a new investigation into the 48th Battalion Corporals in the Commonwealth War Graves records found through a process of elimination that Corporal Inglis was the only soldier to have died in the region without an identified grave.

Premier Jay Weatherill unveiled a headstone for Corporal Inglis when he visited Adelaide Cemetery in Villers-Bretonneux which holds the graves of 960 Commonwealth servicemen who fought in the First World War.

The Premier said that the unveiling of Corporal Inglis’ headstone ensured that his sacrifice would not be forgotten.

“Corporal Inglis was a baker from Jamestown who bravely gave his life defending his country,” Premier Weatherill said.

“Sadly, until now, he has laid buried in an unidentified grave.

“It may be nearly a century after his death, but it’s important a South Australian hero is properly honoured. His sacrifice will be remembered by the people of France and South Australia for evermore.”

Corporal Inglis set foot on the battlefields of France in 1916.

Premier Weatherill is currently in France as part of his week long trip to Europe where he is exploring future job opportunities for the state in the defence, shipbuilding and renewable energy sectors.