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Edward James WILSON

Regimental number5242
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address50 Bunting Street, Burnley, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinStep-Father, Mr A Brooks, 50 Bunting Street, Burnley, Victoria
Enlistment date3 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'Courage and disregard of personal danger were prominently shown by this man during the operations on morning of 19th May, 1918 at VILLE-SUR-ANCRE near ALBERT. When the mopping-up party was held up by enemy strong post in the village he crept up to the house under cover of Lewis gun fire: he was fired on repeatedly but kept on and succeeded in throwing bombs into the house. His brave work was mainly responsible for driving the enemy garrison out of this position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Date of death11 September 1966

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