Edward Martin MEYER

MEYER, Edward Martin

Service Number: 2823
Enlisted: 5 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 17 December 1891
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: State School, Perth, Western Australia
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Subiaco Methodist Church HR, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 2823, 11th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
5 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 2823, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Fremantle
4 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
5 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2823, 11th Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 2823, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2823 awm_unit: 51 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-09-03

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Private Edward Martin Meyer (Service No:2823) enlisted in the AIF on 5 July 1915 (he had been rejected in March because of a heart condition) and was attached to 11th Infantry Battalion when he embarked from Fremantle on 5 October 1915 on board HMAT A20 Honorata. Private Meyer was in Serapeum, Alexandria in Egypt on 1 March 1916 when he transferred to 51st Infantry Battalion, embarking from Alexandria for Marseilles on 5 June 1916. Private Meyer was KiA on 3 September 1916 at Mocquet Farm, Pozieres, France. Two of his siblings also died in WWI.

Born in 1891 in Adelaide South Australia, Edward was the seventh of nine children of August Carl Gotthilf Meyer (b1852 in Adelaide, South Australlia) and Mary Jane Rounsevell (b1851 in Cornwall, England) - Mary had immigrated in 1868, arriving in Adelaide on board the Orient. August (a Storekeeper) and Mary married in 1874 in Hahndorf, South Australia and lived in Hahndorf, Adelaide and Petersberg where they raised their family and August was a Storekeeper. Following August's death in 1899, Mary moved with the children to perth, Western Australia.

Edward worked as an Ironmonger and Salesman in Perth prior to enlisting in the AIF.