Edward James DEVEREUX


DEVEREUX, Edward James

Service Number: 3932
Enlisted: 2 January 1917, 10th Reinforcements
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Machine Gun Company
Born: Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Raymond Terrace, Port Stephens Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 2 November 1917
Cemetery: Dochy Farm New British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hexham Workshop Employees HR
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World War 1 Service

2 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3932, 1st Pioneer Battalion, 10th Reinforcements
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3932, 1st Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3932, 1st Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
14 Jul 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 54th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3932, 21st Machine Gun Company , Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Edward was the fourth of thirteen children of Martin Devereux (born 1870 in County Clare, Ireland) and Mary Jane Davis (born 1868 in Raymond Terrace, Newcastle, NSW). Martin lived with his parents in Ipswich, QLD, and married Mary Jane in 1889 in Raymond Terrace in Newcastle, NSW. Martin and Mary Jane settled at Ash Island in Mayfield near Newcastle to raise their family. Martin was a Farmer.

Edward was a Labourer at Ash Island in Mayfield, Newcastle, NSW in 1917 when he enlisted in the AIF. He served as a Private (Service No: 3932) with 10th Reinforcements 1st Pioneer Battalion, 54th Infantry Battalion and 21st Machine Gun Coy in France. Edward wrote home from England for the last time on 17 October 1917. He was KIA in Belgium on 4 November 1914 and reported as buried at Belgian Battery Military Cemetery, 1 mile SW of Ypres. In 1922, the family was advised by the Department of Defence that '..... it has been ascertained that there is every reason to believe that he is buried in Dochy Farm British Cemetery .... the actual grave is unknown ..... A special cross has been erected'. (National Archives of Australia)

Edward's Uncle - William Devereaux (Service No: 5073) was KiA in June 1916. William was the half brother of Edward's father Martin.