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Edward John SHEATHER

Regimental number3475
Place of birthPalmers Island, New South Wales
SchoolMaclean & Grafton Public Schools, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressTumoulin, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 4"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinStep-Sister, Miss Christian May Ross, Kureen via Cairns, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 November 1916
Place of enlistmentCairns, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3475A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was of a very quiet retiring disposition and did not take much part in public affairs, but was an active member of the Ravenshoe Rifle Club.' (as provided by stepsister)
FateDied of disease 20 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XVII, Row AA, Grave No. 9), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
149
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Catherine SHEATHER
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1899 Pte Archibald Hugh SHEATHER, 41st Bn. killed in action, 12 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 14 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917; marched into 13th Training Bn, Codford, 13 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 August 1917; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 8 August 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 22 August 1917; taken on strength of 52nd Bn, in the field, 24 August 1917, and allotted letter 'A' to regimental number.

Detached to 4th Division Reinforcement Camp, Bonneville, 7 April 1918; rejoined unit, 15 April 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 49th Bn, 16 May 1918; allotted letter 'B' to regimental number.

On leave to United Kingdom, 8 September 1918; rejoined unit, 24 September 1918.

Admitted to No 13 Australian Field Ambulance, 16 October 1918 (bronchitis); transferred to No 41 Stationary Hospital, Pont Remy, 16 October 1918.

Died, No 41 Stationary Hospital, 20 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHEATHER Edward John

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