Edward PIKE

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PIKE, Edward

Service Numbers: 4, 4A
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dundee, Scotland, February 1881
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Died of Illness, France, 22 December 1917
Cemetery: Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Broken Hill St. Andrews Church, Broken Hill War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1900: Involvement British Army, Unspecified British Units

World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4, Morphettville, South Australia
21 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4, 3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4, 3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters, HMAT Saldanha, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4, 3rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4A, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

"SERGEANT EDWARD PIKE DEAD.

Mrs. E. M. Pike, of No. 9 Argent street South, has received word from the military authorities that, her husband, Sergeant Edward Pike, of the 10th Battalion A.I.F., died from natural causes in France between December 22 and 23. Sergeant Pike enlisted in Broken Hill in August, 1914, and was one of the first contingent to leave Australia. He had been right through the Gallipoli campaign, and then went to France, attached to the headquaters staff. He had never been wounded. He was a native of Scotland, and came to Australia about seven years ago, and had lived all the time in Broken Hill until enlisting. He was a butcher, and had worked for Mr. F. Groth and the Cooperative Butchering Co., and also for a while in the Proprietary mine. He was a member of the Caledonian Society, and played the side drum in the society's pipers' band. Sergeant Pike, who was 37 years of age, was also a singer, and had assisted in many Broken Hill charity concerts.He had been through the South African war (three years) for which he received medals. Prior to the South African war, he was in the regular British Army, a member of the Army Service Corps at Aldershot, and had just received his discharge when the war broke out. Sergeant Pike leaves a widow (an English woman) to whom he recently wrote (the post card was received less than three weeks ago): "Keep smiling, for I long to see your dear face again. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year." One child, the only one, was born and died since Sergeant Pike went to the war." - from the Broken Hill Barrier Miner 14 Jan 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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