GEORGE WILLIAM EDMONDS

 

 

Born: 22nd December 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 4th October 1917; age 21; KiA – Broodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium.

Arrived in Australia aged 17.

Place of Association: Parwan, Victoria, Australia.

Enlistment Location: Melbourne, Victoria; Date: 12th April 1915; Age: 20 & 3 months; Occupation: Baker; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: father – George Gilbert Edmonds, of 8, Mount Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft & 7 3/4ins, fair Complexion, brown eyes & light brown hair.

Embarked: 28th June 1915 – H.M.A.T. A35 ‘Berrima’.

Service: Egypt, Gallipoli & the Western Front.

George had taken part in 3 battles. He also suffered terrible hardships on his way from Gallipoli to France when the ship was torpedoed.

Disembarked Marseilles – 26th March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal – at France – 1st November 1916.

Hospital – 7th January 1917 – 38th Casualty Clearing Station, France – L.C.T.E. leg.

26th January 1917 – 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen – L.C.T.E. leg.

Transferred to England ‘St. Patrick’  septic leg.

Embarked England – 28th January 1917.

3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton – 29th January 1917.

3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall – 23rd February 1917.

Furlong – 26th February 1917 – 13th March 1917.

Promoted Corporal – 27th July 1917.

Proceeded overseas -arrived Southampton – 19th September 1917.

Disembarked Havre – 28th September 1917.

 

 

 

Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 1577

Regiment: Australian Infantry Force, Australian Infantry,

21st Battalion, ‘D’ Company.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & the 1915 Star.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 7-17-23-25-27-29-31.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Gilbert & Emily Pierce Edmonds. Sister – Lily Edmonds, of 20 Trinity Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Chapel Court, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.

 

George was 5 years old and living with his mother & sister.

Emily Pierce Edmonds (nee Warren), 22, born Ipswich.

Lily May Edmonds, 3, born Ipswich.

 

1911   20, Church Street, Ipswich.

 

George was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was 1 of 22 boarders at the premises of Herbert Martin Southgate.

 

In 1911, George’s mother was an Inmate at the Workhouse, his sister Lily was staying with their maternal aunt & uncle.

 

George’s father was George Gilbert Edmonds, born 1873, Camberwell, Surrey, a soldier in the Royal Field Artillery.

 

On the 31st July 1917, George wrote his Will expressing that all his personal property and effects should go to his sister, Miss Lily May Edmonds, of 20, Trinity Street, St. Clements, Ipswich (Later of Charlton House, Old Charlton, London, S.E. 7).

 

“Where the Australians Rest” pamphlet was sent to Miss Lily Edmonds, on the 16th August 1920. The Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque were sent to Lily on the 2nd October 1922.

 

 

 

Australian Infantry,21st Battalion.

https://www.awm.gov.au/unit/U51461/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_Battalion_(Australia)

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