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David EDWARDS

Regimental number3386
Place of birthLlanuwchllyn, North Wales
SchoolLlanuwchllyn, North Wales
Age on arrival in Australia26
ReligionCongregational
OccupationDraper
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34.10
Height5' 8.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Elizabeth Jones, Llanuwchllyn, Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and in 5th Middlesex Regiment.
Enlistment date9 November 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Unit name48th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMigrated to Australia for health reasons. 'A thorough Patriot in every respect, anxious to serve his adopted country, which had given him back his health. "His heart was good, his spirit brave,/And now he lies in a soldier's grave."' (details from cousin, A. Edwards, Oakley, Green Walk, Bowdon, Cheshire, England)
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialPasschendaele New British Cemetery (Plot XIV, Row A, Grave No 27), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
145
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: the late Rowland and Elizabeth EDWARDS
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 10 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 2 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 May 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 12 August 1917.

Reported missing in action, 12 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 8 April 1918, concluded: 'Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDWARDS David

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