DILLON, Edward

Service Numbers: 2631, 2631A
Enlisted: 20 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Gurteen, Limerick, Ireland, 1888
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 August 1916
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot VI, Row A, Grave No. 21, Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ravensthorpe War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2631, 28th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 2631, 28th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 2631, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
15 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 2631A, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2631A awm_unit: 51 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-08-15

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Born in Gurteen, County Limerick, Ireland Edward Dillon emigrated to Western Australia in May 1912. His brother Joseph Dillon had emigrated 9 months before. They both enlisted in the AIF during August 1915, and initially left Australia with the 28th Battalion. Both transferred to the 51st Battalion in Egypt.

At Pozieres on 15 August 1916 both were killed in action, an eyewitness stated that ‘Edward was wounded by a shrapnel bullet immediately after climbing out of his trench and his brother Jeremiah went out to bring him in, when a shell exploded and killed both of them’.

Their parents, Jeremiah and Hannah Dillon, lived near Killorglen, County Kerry, Ireland.