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Edgar Benjamin SIMCOCK

Regimental number2696
Date of birth21 November 1889
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressHarney Street, Walkerville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25.1
Height5' 7.5"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Simcock, Harney Street, Walkerville, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 December 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal Driver
Unit name4th Light Horse Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During the 4th October offensive and days following, this driver twice a day took his water cart up to WESTHOEK RIDGE with water for the dressing station, showing utter disregard of personal danger, and at times under heavy shell fire having to help to mend the road when it had been blown up, in order to get through. His courage and endurance were a fine example, and saved the Dressing Station and all the forward Ambulance posts from running short of water.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date6 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1818 Albert Victor SIMCOCK,
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoa', 28 March 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 6 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as SINCOCK.
Date of death3 April 1970
Age at death80
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMCOCK Edgar Benjamin

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