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Edward Pearson BLYTH

Regimental number331
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolSacred Heart (Catholic) High School, New Town, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSimpson Street, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Blyth, Hobart Villa, Simpson Street, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

For most courageous and gallant work during operations before Reincourt.
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

FateDied of wounds 8 April 1918
Place of death or woundingHangard Wood, France
Date of death8 April 1918
Age at death24.11
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPicquigny British Cemetery (Row E, Grave No. 22), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Jane BLYTH, "Hobartville", Hall, Simpson Street, Bondi, Sydney. Native of Hobart, Tasmania

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At a moment when most of his officers were casualties and the men were leaderless he took command, and led them to the attack with the greatest courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsUncles: 2239 Cpl Edward Fitzgerald BLYTH, 3rd Trench Mortar Battery, killed in action, Nieppe, France, 2 February 1917; 524 Staff Sergeant William Oscar BLYTH, 12th Bn, returned to Australia.

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