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Edgar Athol SHANKS

Regimental number10220
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDairy famrer
Address'Fairview', Bruce Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Richard Shanks, 'Fairview', Bruce Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameReinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Richard and Amelia SHANKS. Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 11th October, 1917, driver SHANKS was one of a party delivering ammunition to the batteries near ZONNEBEKE (east of YPRES). Whilst returning the convoy was heavily shelled by the enemy, two men being mortally wounded. This driver unhesitatingly went to his comrades assistance and whilst doing so was himself severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Discharge date23 May 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Llanstephan Castle', 15 February 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 16 April 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 23 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death19 March 1938
Age at death45
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHANKS Edgar Athol

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