William Richard EDMONDS

EDMONDS, William Richard

Service Number: 5850
Enlisted: 20 April 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toodyay, Western Australia, 24 November 1891
Home Town: Toodyay, Toodyay, Western Australia
Schooling: Bejoording Homestead School, Western Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: GSW to buttock/back, Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, England, United Kingdom, 17 June 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Pirbright, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Plot 1V, Row D, Grave 22 Rev. Arthur Murphy officiated. Funeral Directors were Thos. Vigers of London. Coffin consisted of good polished Elm
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Nabawa Upper Chapman Valley Road Board WW1 District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5850, 28th Infantry Battalion, Perth, Western Australia
13 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 5850, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Suffolk embarkation_ship_number: A23 public_note: ''
13 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 5850, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Fremantle
5 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 5850, 28th Infantry Battalion, Gunshot wounds to the back and buttocks

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Mary and late William Edmonds of Toodyay of Wallening, Toodyay, Western Australia; brother of Edward James Edmonds, John Benjamin Edmonds and Percy Vernon Edmonds

Suffered with Meningitis after being wounded

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 17th June.... Private William Richard Edmonds was born at Toodyay, Western Australia in 1891. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 20th April, 1916 as a 24 year old, single, Farmer from Bolgart, Western Australia.

Private William Richard Edmonds embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Suffolk (A23) on 13th October, 1916 with the 7th Infantry Brigade, 28th Infantry Battalion, 16th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 2nd December, 1916 where he would receive further training before being sent to the War Front. His cousin – Thomas William Edmonds embarked the same day.

Private William Edmonds proceeded to France on 8th December, 1916 & joined 28th Battalion on 27th January, 1917. He was admitted to Field Ambulance on 22nd February, 1917 with Diarrhoea; admitted to Hospital at Boulogne then embarked for England on Hospital Ship St. Patrick on 23rd March, 1917.

Private William Edmonds was admitted to University of Southampton Hospital, England on 24th March, 1917 with Dysentery. He was transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Barton-on-Sea on 7th May, 1917. Private Edmonds was discharged to A.I.F. Headquarters, London for furlo on 13th June, 1917 & then was to report to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs. He was medically classified as B1b (unfit for Service for over 3 months and less than 6 months).

Private William Edmonds was sent sick to Brigade Hospital at Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 4th July, 1917 with Diarrhoea. He was transferred & admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire on 5th July, 1917 with Colitis. Private Edmonds was transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford on 21st August, 1917. He was discharged on 3rd September, 1917 to Weymouth.

Private William Edmonds was posted to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 5th October, 1917 from No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth. He was medically classified as B1 A2 (Unfit for Service for 2 or 3 weeks). He was sent sick to Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 16th October, 1917 & discharged to Training Depot on 16th November, 1917.

Private William Edmonds was A.W.L. (absent without leave) from 11th December, 1917 & returned to Hurdcott on 14th December, 1917. The case was dismissed by Headquarters on Medical Grounds.

Private William Edmonds proceeded back to France on 1st February, 1918 & rejoined 28th Battalion on 7th February, 1918.

Private William Edmonds was admitted to Field Ambulance in Belgium on 16th February, 1918 with Diarrhoea. He was transferred & admitted to Convalescent Depot at Etaples France on 15th March, 1918 having been admitted to Hospital for a week. He rejoined 28th Battalion on 6th May, 1918.

Private William Richard Edmonds was wounded in action in France on 19th May, 1918. He was admitted to Field Ambulance on 20th May, 1918 with shrapnel wounds to Buttock. He was hospitalised at Camiers then embarked for England on Hospital Ship on 4th June, 1918 where he was admitted to Whipps Cross Hospital at Leytonstone, affiliated with General Military Hospital, Colchester on 5th June, 1918 with G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to Buttock & Back.

Private William Richard Edmonds died at 3.30 pm on 17th June, 1918 at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, England from Ascending Septic Cerebro Spinal Meningitis following wounds.

He was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England where around 360 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)