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Edward Leslie WILKINS

Regimental number5242
Place of birthPort Adelaide South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBucknell Road, Glanville, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs E R Wilkins, Bucknell Road, Glanville, South Australia
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations 19/22nd September, 1917, east of YPRES, Pte. WILKINS showed exceptional bravery and devotion to duty. He was acting as a stretcher bearer and by his devotion to duty and utter disregard to danger was the means of bringing in many wounded, often crossing the open under heavy machine gun fire to bring in a comrade. His example had a very good effect on the men of his Company and was undoubtedly the means of saving many lives. Throughout the whole of the operations he gave no thought for himself and worked continuously.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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