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Edward George WILSHIRE

Regimental number3651
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway porter
AddressPhilip Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Major Joseph Wilshire, Philip Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in Cadets for 3 years; in the 3rd Light Horse for 18 months.
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date6 December 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Brisbane, 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916; taken on strength, 31st Bn in the field, 4 January 1917.

Accidentally wounded (live grenafde practice), 11 January 1917 (wopunds to head and right arm; 'soldier in no way to blame'); transferred to England, 22 January 1917, and admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton, 22 January 1917. Discharged to Military Hospital, Eastbourne, 31 March 1917. Married Dorothy Elizabeth OLD at Congragational Church, Kings Norton, Birmingham, 9 August 1917. Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, England, 8 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 14 November 1917.

Admitted to 4th Army Rest Camp, 17 August 1918; rejoined unit, 26 August 1918.

Wounded in action, 1 October 1918, and admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound, back). Transferred to Ambulance Train, 4 October 1918; admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 October 1918 (seriously ill); transferred to England, 14 October 1918; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 15 October 1918. Transferred to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, 31 January 1919. Marched in to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Katoomba', 8 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 25 September 1919; discharged, 6 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death12 April 1973

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