Eden Dennis CONNOR


CONNOR, Eden Dennis

Service Number: 4783
Enlisted: 8 November 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woodville, South Australia, 17 August 1887
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: St. Peters College, Adelaide
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action , Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 28 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, RoseworthyHB1*, St. Peter's College Fallen HB
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World War 1 Service

8 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
7 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4783, 5th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4783, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4783, 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Connor, of "Silver-acre," Woodville, have received notice that their youngest son, Private E. D. Connor, aged 29, has been killed in France. He enlisted in Victoria in November, 1915. He left Alexandria on June 22 for France, and his last letter was dated July 9, from France. He was educated at St. Peter's College, Adelaide." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 23 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)

From the book Fallen Saints

Eden Dennis Connor of Melbourne Victoria was born in Adelaide in 1887 and after leaving school worked in Melbourne as a clerical officer.

He enlisted in early November 1915 and was stationed at 24 Depot Battalion, Royal Park, Victoria where he joined the 15th quota of reinforcements for the 5th Battalion; he sailed from Melbourne aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 7 March. After disembarking at Suez the 15th quota was held in transit at 2nd Training Battalion, Tel-el-Kebir Barracks then  joined the 59th Battalion at ‘Duntroon Plateau’ on 20 April.

The 59th Battalion was formed in Egypt during February 1916 and with the 57th, 58th, and 60th Battalions formed the 15th Infantry Brigade, 5th Division. About half the battalion was made up of seasoned veterans from the 7th Battalion and the remainder, like Private Connor were fresh from Australia.

Private Connor embarked for France with the main body aboard HMT Kinfuans Castle and after reaching Marseilles near the end of June received gas training before moving to the relatively quiet Nursery Sector near Armentières.

On 19 July, the 59th Battalion was in the first wave of the attack at Fromelles and by the following morning had suffered almost 700 casualties. Among the casualties was Private Connor of B Company who just a day short of completing three months service in the battalion was killed in action; he was 29 years of age.