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George EDDY

Regimental number3032
Place of birthEaglehawk, Victoria
SchoolState School No. 210, Eaglehawk, Victoria
AddressBrown Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, G. Eddy, Brown Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Previous military serviceCitizen Military Forces (still serving)
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 April 1917
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Eaglehawk Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: George (d. 10 July 1929, aged 59; bu. Eaglehawk Cemetery) and Mary Ann (d. 20 February 1956, aged 80; bu. Eaglehawk Cemetery) EDDY, Brown Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria. Photo: Peter Dennis
Family/military connectionsCousin: Captain Jack Rylot EDDY, 1st Division Artillery, killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Marched out of 2nd Training Bn, Zeitoun, 26 February 1916, and taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, the same day.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

On leave to England, 24 January 1917; rejoined unit, 15 February 1917.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 1 March 1917.

Killed in action, 2 April 1917.

Note on B.103, 'buried 2 miles N. of Beaumetz les Cambrai'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDDY George

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