About Claude Pemble
William Henry Claude Pemble was the only son born to William & Emily Pemble. He was born in Albany, but the family settled at Katanning, Western Australia where William grew up. He joined the Union Bank at Katanning and was transferred to Broome around 1914.
Claude, as he was known, worked for the Union Bank in 1914 and 1915. He was also active in the local community, serving as Honorable Secretary of the tennis club and also performing in the Broome Comedy Company’s performances.
Claude joined the AIF in 1915 when he was nearly 26 years old. He was posted to the 16th Battalion, 13th Reinforcements and left Fremantle for Egypt in February 1916. The 16th Battalion spent time at Gaza as the AIF underwent a period of expansion and re-organisation, and were then sent to Europe to take part in the fighting on the Western Front. It was in the field in France that Claude became ill with pneumonia and succumbed to the disease in December 1916.