Edward William EARL

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EARL, Edward William

Service Number: 3597
Enlisted: 7 February 1916, Adelaide, SA (prev rejected in Melbourne, Vic.).
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Darriwill, Victoria, Australia, 21 October 1888
Home Town: Bannockburn, Golden Plains, Victoria
Schooling: Darriwill State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness (Paralysis), France, 28 July 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Wimereux Communal Cemetery
Plot II, Row O, Grave No. 7
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bannockburn Moorabool Presbyterian Church Honor Roll, Bannockburn War Memorial, Batesford Moorabool Presbyterian Church Honour Roll, Maude, Sutherland's Creek & She Oaks State Schools Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

7 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3597, Mining Corps, Adelaide, SA (prev rejected in Melbourne, Vic.).
22 May 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 3597, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
22 May 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 3597, No 4th Tunnelling Company - Headquarters No 1
22 May 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 3597, No 4th Tunnelling Company - Headquarters No 1, HMAT Warilda, Sydney
22 May 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 3597, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), HMAT Warilda, Sydney
30 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), France
25 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3597, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), Battle of Messines, Trapped under Hill 60 for 40 hours after Germans exploded a mine. Developed acute ascending paralysis several weeks later (delayed trauma) and died from asphyxia at 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux on 28 July 1917.
28 Jul 1917: Involvement Sapper, SN 3597

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Parents: Joseph (d. 8 December 1946, aged 86; bu. Bannockburn Cemetery) and Elizabeth (d. 1 September 1946, aged 81; bu. Bannockburn Cemetery) EARL, Bannockburn, Victoria

Brother: 2404 Lance Sergeant Stewart Leigh EARL MM, 46th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 March 1919.

Source: aif.adfa.edu.au