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Wilfred EDESON

Regimental number662
Place of birthScarborough England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGasfitter
Address73 Highfield Street, Seamer Road, Scarborough, Yorks, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs F. Adeson, 73 Highfield Street, Seamer Road, Scarborough, Yorks, England
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Regimental number from Nominal Roll622A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "26-27 September 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD, - Eat of YPRES - during operations on the 26th/27th September 1917, Lance Corporal EDESON with a detachment reinforced the right flank of our captured position which was dangerously exposed, and controlled his Stokes Gun with great skill, and appreciably helped to hold the position gained. During the advance, this man with his gun succeeded in knocking out a Bosche Machine gun which was worrying the Infantry. He also placed a well-directed barrage on CAMERON HOUSE which enabled the Infantry to successfully take that Strong Point. His courage and decision during the most trying moments, is worthy of great praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death5 July 1966

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