|Place of birth||Norwich, Norfolk, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Cross Roads, Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Brother, H Gagen, PO, Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||3rd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/20/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||3rd Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Work near Hargicourt on 18 September 1918.
|Fate||Discharged in London
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near HARGICOURT on 18th September, 1918. During the advance his platoon was temporarily held up by an enemy machine gun. Private GAGEN worked forward 100 yards and sniped the enemy gun crew silencing the gun and enabling the advance to continue. Throughout the operation he acted as Company Runner and displayed the most commendable devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 5 August 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 9 September 1916; taken on strength, 3rd Bn, in the field, Belgium, 24 September 1916.
Detached to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 27 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 September 1917.
On leave to United Kingdom, 23 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 5 October 1917.
Detached for duty with Camouflage Workshop, 31 May 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 1 June 1918.
Detached to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 1 July 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 July 1918.
Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 July 1918 (cellulitis, right knee), and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 83rd General Hospital, 28 July 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 9 August 1918; discharged to No 5 Rest Camp, 21 August 1918; marched in to Base Depot, Havre, 23 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 September 1918.
On leave to United Kingdom, 12 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 March 1918.
Marched out to England, 11 April 1919, and marched in to No 1 Group.
Discharged in London (being demobilised), 7 July 1919.
War service: 3 years 172 days (of which 3 years 35 days were abroad)Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, GAGEN Edward Charles|