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Regimental number609
Place of birthAlberton, South Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolAlberton State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlberton, South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10.75"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Appleyard, Alberton, South Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGiven name on RoHc is Edgar John.
FateDied of wounds 2 August 1917
Place of death or woundingGaza, Palestine
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialCairo War Memorial Cemetery (Row F, Grave No. 283), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Mary APPLEYARD, Welshpool, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3751 Sergeant Charles Courtney APPLEYARD MM, 23rd Bn, died of wounds, 15 November 1916; 4027 Pte Darcy James APPLEYARD, 23rd Bn, returned to Australia, 29 May 1919; 152 Staff Sergeant Frank APPLEYARD, Australian Army Ordnance Corps, returned to Australia, 21 December 1917; 865 Pte Gordon William APPLEYARD, 9th Bn, died of wounds, 24 August 1916; 1783 Pte Allen Richard APPLEYARD, 9th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 16 May 1915

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 31 October 1915 (influenza); returned to duty, 8 November 1915.

To hospital, 10 November 1915 (debility); disembarked Alexandria, 15 November 1915; admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 November 1915; transferred to New Zealand and Australian Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 4 December 1915; discharged to unit, 11 December 1915.

Marched out to Serapeum, 26 February 1916.

Found guilty, 24 July 1916 of disobeying an order and being unshaven on parade: awarded 2 extra stable piquets.

Wounded, 19 April 1917; admitted to 6th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, 19 April 1917; transferred to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 22 April 1917 (gun shot wound, spine); to 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 22 April 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 24 April 1917; reported as dangerously ill, 25 April 1917; taken off dangerously ill list, 5 May 1917; placed back on generously ill list, 10 May 1917.

Died of wounds, No 14 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 2 August 1917 (gun shot wound, back).

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

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