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Edward FERRIS

Regimental number3957
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address66 Darling Street, Glebe, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M J Ferris, 66 Darling Street, Glebe, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 December 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 21 July 1916
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 39), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Other details

Enlisted in the AIF, 4 February 1915; deserted at Liverpool, 8 April 1915, and surrendered himself on 12 October 1915; court-martialled at Victoria Barracks, Paddington (no further details recorded).

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 26 February 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn from 5th Brigade Details, Moascar, 3 April 1916; taken on strength of 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (shell wound, pelvis).

Died of wounds, No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1916.

Buried Bailleul Cemetery by Reverend B.D. Collingwood, no date stated.

Letter on file, Deputy Commissioner for Repatriation, New South Wales, to Base Records, Melbourne, 25 February 1931: 'Claim for war pension has been lodged by Mary Jane Bigelow, who alleges the abovenamed [FERRIS] is identical with her late husband, Amasa Edgar Bigelow, whom she married on 9.8.1904.' No further evidence on file as to whether the claim was upheld.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERRIS Edward

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