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Edward John POWELL

Regimental number1821
Place of birthEvandale Tasmania
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressPerth, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Myrtle Powell, Perth, Tasmania
Enlistment date20 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row II, Grave No. 22), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
108
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Perth Cemetery, Tasmania. Parents: Edward (d. 15 December 1918, aged 66; bu Perth Cemetery) and Amy Beatrice (d. 31 October 1935, aged 75; bu. Perth Cemetery) POWELL; husband of Ruby POWELL, Main Road, Glenorchy, Tasmania
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on LAGNICOURT on 26th March 1917 this N.C.O. showed great gallantry in action and determined coolness under heavy fire. He fought hard through a village and when the position was consolidated he immediately pushed out in front to observe the enemy who were organising for a counter-attack. After shooting several of the enemy from this forward position he crawled back and reported what he saw to his Officer commanding who immediately acted on his information and was prepared for the counter-attack which was launched by the enemy immediately afterwards and was repulsed by us. Powell went back to his forward position taking a German rifle with him and stayed there all day sniping with great effect bringing flanking fire to bear on the enemy every time he showed up. On one occasion when his Officer came in contact with one of the enemy who tried to shoot his Officer Powell rushed in and stopped him showing coolness and great courage and thus saving his Officer's life. The G.O.C. Australian Forces has already presented Sergeant POWELL with Military Medal Ribbon for his conduct on this occasion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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