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Edmund Clifford BANKS

Regimental number14
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor
Address20 Manning Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, E C Banks, 20 Manning Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in 6th Field Company Engineers, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 25 October 1919
Medals

Medaille Militaire (France)

'On the night of 19th/20th July, 1916, in the operations at FROMELLES Sergeant BANKS under very heavy shell fire pegged out a communication trench in "NO MAN'S LAND" and extended a working party on the work. Although under continuous shell and machine gun fire the whole of the night, he supervised the work until the trench was completed. The successful completion was due to his bravery and devotion to duty. On the night of 5th/6th November, 1916, in connection with the operations of the 7th Infantry Brigade on the SOMME he successfully commanded his Section on his Officer becoming a casualty and under heavy shell fire carried out the orders given to his Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date23 January 1920
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2149 Sapper Julian Francis BANKS, 1st Field Company Engineers, died of wounds, 1 March 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Medaille Militaire (Fr), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 April 1927

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