Eric Wilfred FAIRLIE

FAIRLIE, Eric Wilfred

Service Number: 358
Enlisted: 28 January 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 12 January 1890
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wood worker
Died: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 24 March 1982, aged 92 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Maryborough City Hall Honour Roll, Maryborough St. Stephen's Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

28 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 358, 25th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 358, 25th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 358, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
23 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Battalion
1 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Battalion
26 Nov 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, On the 12th of October 1918 the 25th merged into the 26th btn.

Life Story

Born in Maryborough, Queensland (1890 -1980), Eric Wilfred Fairlie was 25 years old when he enlisted in the AIF on 28 January 1915. Posted to the 25th Battalion, Private Fairlie embarked at Brisbane for overseas service on 29 June 1915.

He served on Gallipoli and was promoted Lance Corporal before being evacuated sick in November 1915.

He was promoted Corporal in February 1916. In October 1916, he was passed as qualified for a commission in an infantry battalion and was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant.

In November 1916 he attended a course of instruction with the 9th Cadet Battalion. Wounded in July 1918, Lieutenant Fairlie was evacuated to England.

On the 12th of October, the 25th Battalion was disbanded to reinforce other battalions and Lieutenant Fairlie was transferred to the 26th Battalion. He was returned to Australia in July 1919.

Eric was well liked by other members of the family. He may have adequately coped with the stresses of WW 1 and was able to settle back to civilian life.

Eric became manager of Fairlie and Sons. In Maryborough.

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