Edwin Thomas Oberg

First Name: 
Edwin/Edward
Middle Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Oberg
Alternate Spelling: 
Ted
Mother's Name: 
Jane (nee Handley)
Father's Name: 
Hayburg (Pete) Oberg
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, February 16, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Sergeant
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
17th Battalion
Company: 
C Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, May 14, 1918
Place of Death: 
Corbie France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Ted Oberg (Service No 7090) was born about 1885 in Bulli, NSW. He joined the army as a soldier straight from school. He spent 9 years with the Australian Garrison Artillery Instruction Staff but was discharged as Staff Sergeant Major so he could enlist in the AIF. Ted was described as a married 32 year old and embarked on HMAT A14 Euripides with 21st Reinforcements, 17th Battalion on 31st October 1917, leaving his wife Helena (nee Lehmann) and 3 children behind.

On arrival in France Ted joined 11 Platoon, C Company on the Western Front. On 14th May 1918 just before 10 am he was in a trench when he was shot in the head and killed. Ted is buried in Beacon Cemetery Plot III, Row F, Grave 13.

His son Albert, a solicitor, was a Pilot Officer with the R A A F in WW2 and was killed on 19th April 1944 in skies over Europe.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, OBERG EDWIN THOMAS

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