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Regimental number3739
Place of birthCarlton, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Carlton, Victoria
Age on arrival in Australia21
OccupationMotor driver
Address9 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Edwards, 9 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death21.5
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Emma EDWARDS, 'Beulah', Balcombe Road, Black Rock, Victoria. Native of Carlton, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 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, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 991104, 3698 Pte W. BOWES, 60th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 23 February 1917: 'In a raid at Fromelles, Armentieres the party had got about 20 yards over the parapet, when a bullet struck Edwards in the heart and he fell dead. Informant was beside him and saw this.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDWARDS John
Red Cross File No 991104

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