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Edward Samuel MALCOLM

Regimental number483
Place of birthKempsey, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMerewether Street, Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward James Malcolm, Merewether Street, Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward James and Mary Elizabeth MALCOLM, Merewether Street, Merewether, New South Wales. Native of Newcastle
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Promoted to Sergeant, Ismailia, 1 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1690107, 927 Pte R. McDIARMID, 30th Bn (patient, Northumberland War Hospital), 12 October 1916: ' ... stretcher parties were at work for several nights afterwards, but he does not know if Sergt. Malcolm's body was never brought in. Most of those who fell that day were buried at a cemetery about a mile from Fromelles.'

Second statement, 571 Pte I.C. COLLINS, 30th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 20 October 1916: ' ... we were carrying bombs between the trenches at Fleurbaix on 19th July when I saw a shell burst right in front of his party and he was blown to pieces.'

Third statement, 1603 Pte D. RANKIN, 30th Bn (patient, No 12 General Hospital, Rouen), 6 November 1916: 'He was on the way back from the attack at Fromelles when he got wounded. At the timehe had five rifles slung over his shoulder. I saw him hit.'

Fourth statement, 460 Pte W.O. LOGAN, B Company, 30th Bn, 9 November 1916: 'According to [495] Pte. P. Milgate he was killed in the German trenches at Fleurbaix on July 19th. Milgate was with Malcolm when he was wounded. The other men who were also there tried to persuade Malcolm to go back but he refused to do so, and was killed shortly afterwards.'

Fifth statement, Captain J.A. CHAPMAN, 17 November 1916: 'At Fromelles on 19-20th July we were trying to take the 2nd line of trenches. He was seen to try and bring back some rifles and one man saw him on the ground badly wounded with the rifles on top of him. Nothing more was seen of him.'

Sixth statement, 1615 Pte K.A. STEVENSON, 30th Bn (patient, Stanford Road Hospital, Brighton, England), 20 November 1916: Informant states that on July 19/20 at Fromelles [235] Pte. Sid Murrell of A Coy. told me that Sergt. Malcolm was badly wounded and that he dug a hole in a German Trench for him to lay in during the night. At daylight when he went to look at him again he found he was gone.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MALCOLM Edward Samuel
Red Cross file 1690107

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