Alfred Lawrence EDWARDS MM

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EDWARDS, Alfred Lawrence

Service Number: 1961
Enlisted: 8 November 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 14th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 1 May 1894
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Parkside Public School & Unley Public School
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 4 September 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Birr Cross Roads Cemetery
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Black Forest Parkside West Methodist Church and School Roll of Honor WW1, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

8 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1961, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1961, 9th Light Horse Regiment,

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10 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , Doubling of the AIF and constitution of supporting arms and services
4 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1961, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres

Awarded the Military Medal

'On 23rd April the 53rd Battery position at MORCHIES was subjected to very heavy shelling, and a large ammunition dump caught fire. it was burning fiercely when Bombardier EDWARDS, at great personal risk, assisted in extinguishing the flames, and helped to save a considerable amount of ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

'On 23rd April the 53rd Battery position at Morchies was subjected to very heavy shelling and a large ammunition dump caught fire. It was burning fiercely when Corporal Edwards at a great personal risk, assisted in extinguishing the flames and helped to save a considerable amount of ammunition. Thus winning the Military Medal.'
Details from his Mother.

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Biography

"THE LATE CORPORAL A. L. EDWARDS. M.M.

Mr and Mrs A. H. Edwards, of Young street, North Unley, have been notified that their second son, Corporal A. L. Edwards, M.M.. 53rd Battery Field Artillery, was killed in action in France on September 4, 1917. He was educated at the Parkside and Unley public schools and at the time of enlisting was a student for the lumnery at the Methodist Training Home, Brighton. He sailed for Egypt On February 10,' 1916, and later was trans ferred to France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 13 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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