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Edward COHEN

Regimental number33043
Place of birthGunnedah, New South Wales
Other NamesEdward Ligoria
SchoolSt Joseph's Convent, Gunnedah, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFlour mill packer
Address'Roy', Kingston Road, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.25"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, S G Cohen, 'Roy', Kingston Road, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, February 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 30 March 1918
Place of death or woundingAmiens, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialHeilly Station Cemetery (Plot VII, Row A, Grave No. 27), Mericourt-L'Abbe, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Joseph's Catholic Church (Station of the Cross 3: presented by Mrs COHEN in memory), Gunnedah, New South Wales. Parents: Samuel George and Annie Agnes COHEN, 'Roy', Kingston Road, Camperdown, New South Wales.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 33042 Driver Raphael Maurice COHEN, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 24 May 1917; discharged from hospital, 27 May 1917 (no further details recorded); disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 July 1917; marched in to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Larkhill, 19 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1917; taken on strength, 29th Battery, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, 24 October 1917.

Killed in action, 30 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother wrote to Base Records, 19 May 1920, responding to letter of 3 May 1920 saying that her proposed inscription on the grave 'far exceeded' the limit of 66 letters including spaces, and offering an alternative form of words: 'We have loved him in life,/Let us not forget him in death,/Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,/And let perpetual light shine on him./Sweet Jesus have mercy on his soul.' That inscription was still too long, and in the absence of any further communication was shorted by the War Graves Commission.

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