Raemers, Louis P


War Service:
Lance Corporal LOUIS RAEMERS of the 51st Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force was killed on 13 October 1917, aged 28. He enlisted on 18 August 1915 at Blackboys Hill, Western Australia. He sailed to France via Alexandria on the troopship Ivernia and joined his battalion in June 1915. On 9 July 1916 he sustained gunshot wounds to his left thigh but after a period in hospital in England he rejoined his unit in France in January 1917. Three months later he was made up to lance corporal.

According to his service record he was buried at Broodseinde, Belgium but his name appears among the missing on the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres. This suggests that either his grave was destroyed in subsequent fighting or he is buried in one of the numerous graves of unidentified soldiers marked only by a headstone with the words ‘An Australian Soldier of the Great War’.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at St Saviour’s church, Lewisham High Street.

He was born in Norwood. He was the son of William and Mary Jane Raemers, of 15, Limes Grove, Lewisham. On his enlistment form he gave his occupation as ‘prospector’.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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