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William Henry EDGEWORTH

Regimental number1922
Place of birthGalong, New South Wales
SchoolBinalong Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Addressc/o Mrs Edgeworth, P O Boorowa, Boorowa, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Edgeworth, P O Boorowa, Boorowa, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1922A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'On the outbreak of the war he was seized with a desire to go and assist to fight for his Empire and Country.' Details from Wife.
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Binalong Public School Roll of Honour. Parents: James and Mary Williams EDGEWORTH; husband of Mary Ellen EDGEWORTH, Boorowa, New South Wales. Native of Binalong, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, D Company, 18th Bn, Gallipoli, 29 September 1915. Admitted to Hospital Ship 'Dongalia', Gallipoli, 1 December 1915; transferred to Bombay Presbyterian General Hospital, Alexandria, 5 December 1915; discharged to duty, 8 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 27 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left knee and hip); transferred to England, 27 September 1916, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich, 30 July 1916. Discharged to Depot, 14 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 30 August 1917; rejoined 18th Bn, 9 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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