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Edwin Ernest EDDY

Regimental number3737
Place of birthInvergordon, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressInvergordon PO, Numurkah, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 4.5"
Weight92 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Eddy, Invergordon PO, Numurkah, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1918
Date of death31 July 1919
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNumurkah Cemetery, Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
163
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth EDDY. Native of Invergordon, Victoria
Discharge dateDied before discharge
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1710 Driver Percy EDDY, 6th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 23 May 1918; Cousin: 996 Lance Corporal William Henry EDDY, 37th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916; transferred to 57th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 28 August 1916.

Detached to 5th Australian Division Gas School, 27 April 1917; rejoined Bn, 3 May 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 8 July 1917.

To England on furlough, 22 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 4 August 1917.

Placed on supernumerary list and detached to 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, England, 29 September 1917; marched into 15th Training Bn, 1 October 1917.

On command at Rifle and Lewis Gun course, Tidworth, 31 October 1917. Attended 15th course, 1-30 November 1917: qualified as 2nd class with a fair knowledge of the Lewis Gun. Rejoined 15th Training Bn, 1 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 January 1918; rejoined 57th Bn, 15 January 1918.

Promoted Sergeant, 1 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 5 April 1918, and admitted to 5th Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, abdomen); transferred to 1st South African General Hospital, Abbeville, 6 April 1918; to England, 18 April 1918, and admitted to Colchester General Military Hospital, 19 April 1918 (shrapnel wound, penetrating spine: seriously ill); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 23 May 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna', 22 July 1918.

Died, Anzac Hostel, Brighton, Victoria, 31 July 1919 (spinal trouble).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 July 1919
Place of burialNumurkah Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDDY Edwin Ernest

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