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Edwin Innes GUNN

Regimental number1797
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolCaulfield Grammar School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Addressc/o John Bradshaw, Commercial House, Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 10.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, William J Gunn, 18 Sutherland Road, Armadale, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGrandson of the late Reverend Peter GUNN, Campbellfield, Victoria, one of the early ministers of the Presbyterian Church. (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William John and Martha GUNN, Empire Buildings, 268 Flinders Steet, Melbourne, Victoria. Native of Albert Park, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Ferry Post, 25 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing in Action, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1230603, 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 1733 Pte B.P. MACKEY, C Company, 60th Bn, 16 May 1917: 'These men [GUNN and 4 others unidentified] all belonged to XII pl. C. Coy. L/Cpl. C. O'Brien, XII pl. C. Coy. now in 60th battn (sic) No. 5 Camp, Perham Downs, was in charge of the section containing these men at Fleurbaix up to a couple of days before the action. He told me that 9 out of the 12 men in the section were killed. He has his roll with him still and could doubtless give details.'

Second statement, 1733 Pte B.P. MACKEY, C Company, 60th Bn, 16 May 1917: 'He belonged to XII pl. C. Coy. and came from Melbourne. I saw him go across in the charge at Fleurbaix on July 19th. We did not get past the German wire at the point our platoon struck. I am certain he did not come back. I noticed particularly that he was not amongst those who got back. It is certain he was killed.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GUNN Edwin Innes
Red Cross File No 1230603

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