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Regimental number1370
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Address408 Riley Street, Surry Hills, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinNiece, Mrs Elsie Stephens, 408 Riley Street, Surry Hills, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations against the HINDENBURG Line near NOREUIL on the 3rd/4th May, these men [EDWARDS, 4571 F. WILSON, and 4070 H.W. BROWN] acted as Stretcher bearers despite the extremely heavy shell fire, Machine Gun fire and sniping. They carried on with their work of recovering the wounded with the utmost coolness and determination even though two of the original party were wounded. Private EDWARDS acted as leader and was particularly courageous. They were instrumental in saving numbers of our wounded who would otherwise have perished from shell fire. These men have been previously recommended for excellent work in other operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

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