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Born: 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd March 1918; age 21; KiA.

Residence: c/o: W. Bunny, Clayton, Victoria.

Occupation: a Market Gardener – Mr. Bunny, of Clayton, Victoria.

As his guardian, Mr W.D.L. Bunny, signed the form of consent for Edward’s enlistment for active service.


Enlistment Details: Date: 23rd February 1917; age 19 & 3 months; Religion: Presbyterian. Signed up for the Duration of the War & 4 months. Next of Kin: Sister- Miss Daisy Jerome Masterson, 12, Amhurst Park, Stanford Hill, London. Height: 5ft 4ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & brown hair.

At Seymour Camp, on the 6th June 1917, upon embarkation for active service aboard, Edward wrote his will leaving his property & effects to his sister Daisy.


Date of Embarkment: 21st June 1917 – Melbourne. On board ship – H.M.A.T. ‘Suevic’ A29.

AWM Embarkation Roll number: 24/11/4


Disembarked – 26th August 1917 – Liverpool. Transferred to 21st Battalion – Rollestone – 27th August 1917. Proceeded overseas to France from Southampton – 27th August 1917 to reinforce 23rd Battalion.                         

Disembarked – Havre – 28th August 1917.

Joined Battalion on the field – 1st January 1918.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 720

Regiment: Australian Imperial Force; Australian Infantry, 23rd Battalion.


Edward’s body was exhumed from Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery Extension, identified by the record plan, a cross on the grave and clothing, before re-interment:


Plot II. Row B. Grave 16.

Barks Cemetery Extension, Rosenberg Plateau Plots,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Alfred & Sarah Ann Masterson.




1901   King Street, Walton, Suffolk.


Edward was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Alfred Masterson, 30, a Carpenter – own account, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Masterson (nee Milbourn), 29, born Ipswich.

Frank Henry Masterson, 9, born Ipswich.

Daisy May Masterson, 7, born Ipswich.

George Albert Masterson, 4, born Ipswich.

Emma Rackham, 78, a widow, born Trimley.


1911   13, Star Lane, Ipswich.


Edward was 13 years old, a Milk Boy. He was living with his mother & brother at the home of her employer, 52 year old, widower, Walter Burch & his 3 children.

Sarah, 40, a Housekeeper.

George, 14, a Milk Boy.

Sarah is mentioned in letters home from Edward Spinks who lived next door at number 15, Star Lane. Sarah nursed Edward’s mother before she died.



On the 1st July 1913, Edward was 15 years old and a Milk Boy when as a 3rd Class passenger departed from the Port of Tilbury, London bound for Melbourne, Australia. He travelled on ‘Hawkes Bay’ of the Tyser Line Ltd – Master H. Lidstone.

Miss Daisy May Masterson received her late brother’s personal effect on the 12th May 1918, she added a personal note ‘thank you very much for sending me my brother’s things’.


On the 27th October 1922, Daisy was sent the pamphlet ‘Where the Australin’s Rest’ the Memorial Plaque & Memorial Scroll.


Australian Infantry, 23rd Battalion

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