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Edgar Stanley VICKERS

Regimental number536
Place of birth32 Aldersgate Street, London, England
School'Dean Close' School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Age on arrival in Australia36
ReligionChurch of England
Address150 Harthdown, Margate, Kent, England
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 6.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E. Vickers, 150 Harthdown, Margate, Kent, England
Previous military service20th Middlesex R.V.C. (5 years)
Enlistment date16 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBundaberg, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death44
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Kirby and Elizabeth VICKERS, 284 Northdown Road, Margate, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 9 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 9 September 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 October 1916; promoted Temporary Sergeant, 1 October 1916.

Found guilty, 2 February 1917, of whilst of active service, drunkenness: award, reverts to the rank of Corporal, 12 February 1917.

On leave to England, 7 July 1917; rejoined 25th Bn, 31 July 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Marital, 21 August 1917, of charge of whilst on active service, drunkenness; found guilty: award, reduced to the ranks.

On leave to England, 10 March 1918; rejoined unit, 28 March 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, VICKERS Edgar Stanley

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