Edwin James GALE


GALE, Edwin James

Service Number: 881
Enlisted: 22 February 1916, Port Pirie, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Yacka, South Australia, 8 February 1888
Home Town: Yacka, South Australia
Schooling: Watts Range Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 21 October 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Nine Elms British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yacka WWI Honour Board, Yacka War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 881, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Port Pirie, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 881, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 881, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
21 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 881, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Brother of 282 Pte. Samuel Henry Gale (/explore/people/140447) who was killed in action in Belgium on 22 Mar 1918

Biography contributed by Wayne Eberhard

Private Edwin James (Jim) Gale was born at Yacka on 08/08/1888.  Yacka is a small farming community on the banks of the Broughton River approximately 30 minutes north of Clare in South Australia.  He was one of fourteen children born to Henry and Elizabeth Gale.  He was educated at the Watts Range Public School and prior to enlisting in the AIF he worked on the farm of Mr TJ Harvey at Yacka.  He enlisted on 22/02/1916 and left Outer Harbour on 09/06/1916 aboard HMAT A19 Afric as part of D Coy 43rd Battalion.

Just prior to the 43rd Battalion leaving for France in November 1916, Jim fell ill (probably mumps or measles). He rejoined his unit on 18/01/1917 and remained in the trenches until receiving a gunshot wound to his thigh, hand, buttock and abdomen on 20/10/1917 in the Third Ypres battle. He died on 21/10/1917 at the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station aged 29.  Jim was single.  He is buried at the Nine Elms British Cemetery.