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William EDWARDS

Regimental number3532
Place of birthHeathcote, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCroydon, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Miss P Beard, Torrens Road, Croydon, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 5th Bn, Serapeum, 22 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 July 1916 (gun shot wound, abdomen), and admitted to Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 13th General Hospital, Wimereux, 26 July 1916 (wound: severe); to England, 29 July 1916, and admitted to St Luke's War Hospital, Halifax; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 October 1916.

Marched in to No 2 Training Bn, Durrington, 10 December 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 22 March 1917; transferred to Convalescent Training Company, Parkhouse, 6 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 24 days.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 3 October 1917 (old gun shot wound, shrapnel); discharged to duty, 13 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 21 December 1917; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 24 December 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 4 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 March 1918.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 14 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Gaika', 12 May 1918, for discharge (defective vision); disembarked Melbourne, 5 July 1918; discharged (medically unfit (defective vision), Melbourne, 15 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

PROBLEM: date of death on NAA file given as 27 August 1948 (attributed to war service); date of death in funeral note ('The [Adelaide] Advertiser') given as 11 May 1953.
Date of death11 May 1953
Place of burialCheltenham Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDWARDS William

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