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John Edward EDNEY

Regimental number2625
Place of birthRochford, Victoria
SchoolDrouin West and later Leongatha Schools, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLeongatha, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alfred Edward Edney, Leongatha, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Sergeant for 2 years in the Cadets; resigned on leaving the district.
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas a member of Leongatha Fire Brigade.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Ethel Isabel EDNEY, 57 Linain Road, Hampton, Victoria. Native of Rochford, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: 4218 Pte Alan McGregor GORDON, 8th Bn, killed in action, 26 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presumed Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 990610,3487 Lance Corporal S. CRITTENDEN, D Company, 59th Bn (patient, Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, England), 8 November 1916: 'On July 19/16 about 7 p.m. at Fleurbaix Jack E. Edney was blown to pieces, a shell hit the bag of grenades he was carrying.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDNEY John Edward
Red Cross file 990610

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