Edward William EARL

Regimental number3597
Place of birthDarrwill, Sutherlands Creek, Victoria
SchoolDarwill State School, Victoria
AddressBannockburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lily Earl, Bannockburn, Victoria
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameTunnelling Company 4, Headquarters 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number16/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 22 May 1916
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Sapper Earl was buried for 43 hours explosion of a German ... mine at Hill 60. Heard the Germans working ... a few feet he gallantly decided to die rather than attack their ... to secure his release as that meant giving away secrets of Aust mining works .When dug out each had kept exact records of everything during his long and hopeless vigil. He died shortly after from the results.' Details from Mother.
FateDied of disease 28 July 1917
Place of death or woundingBoulogne
Age at death29
Place of burialWimereux Communal Cemetery (Plot II, Row O, Grave No. 7), France
Commemoration details26
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph (d. 8 December 1946, aged 86; bu. Bannockburn Cemetery) and Elizabeth (d. 1 September 1946, aged 81; bu. Bannockburn Cemetery) EARL, Bannockburn, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2404 Lance Sergeant Stewart Leigh EARL MM, 46th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Died of paralysis.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal