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Robert EDWARDS

Regimental number5638
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBricklayer
Address21 George Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Edwards, 116 Fountain Hill, Waterside, Londonderry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Discharge date12 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked for active service abroad, 20 January 1916; disembarked, Alexandria, Egypt, 27 February 1916; taken on strength of 12th Field Company Engineers, Tel-el-Kebir, 18 March 1916.

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 June 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 11 June 1916.

Found guilty, 7 November 1916, of (1) being absent without leave from 9 am, 5 November 1916, until 10 am, 5 November 1916: forfeits 2 days' pay.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 December 1916; promoted to temporary 2nd Corporal, 23 September 1917; reverted to permanent rank of Lance Corporal, 15 October 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound to hand), 15 October 1917; to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 15 October 1917; to 38th Stationary Hospital, Calais, 16 October 1917; to England, 18 October 1917; admitted to Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, England, 19 October 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 November 1917; on furlough from, 19 December 1917, to, 2 January 1918, to report to Hurdcott Command Depot.; absent without leave, 2 January 1918; returned from being absent without leave, Codford, 8 January 1918.

Found guilty, 12 March 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 9 am, 6 March 1918, until 8pm, 12 March 1918: forfeits 15 days' pay, total forfeiture 31 days' pay.

Marched into Long Bridge from Hurdcott Command Depot, 3 April 1918; marched into Overseas Training Depot, from Overseas Training Brigade, 12 April 1918; proceeded overseas to France from Southampton, 3 August 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Havre, France, 4 August 1918; marched out to unit, 7 August 1918; rejoined unit, 8 August 1918; promoted temporarily to 2nd Corporal, 10 October 1918; promoted to 2nd Corporal to complete establishment, 10 November 1918; promoted temporarily to Corporal, 16 November 1918; promoted to temporary Sergeant, 22 January 1919; on leave to the United Kingdom, 25 March 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 25 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 1 May 1919; disembarked, Southampton, England, 10 May 1919; marched into Hurdcott Command Depot, 10 may 1919.

Commenced return to Australiaon board HT 'Frankfurt', 1 July 1919; disembarked, Melbourne, 20 August 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 12 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 July 1972
Place of burialBallarat (New) Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, EDWARDS Robert

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