Harold EDWARDS

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EDWARDS, Harold

Service Number: 2397
Enlisted: 18 April 1916
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, 2 January 1897
Home Town: Penrith, Penrith Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Superior Public School, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Baker
Died: Gas Poisoning, Military Hospital, Boscombe, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, 29 May 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Bournemouth East Cemetery, Hampshire, England
Hampshire Plot P, Row 1, Grave 143 , Bournemouth East Cemetery, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penrith S P School Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2397, 54th Infantry Battalion
30 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2397, 54th Infantry Battalion
30 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2397, 54th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
11 Jan 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 54th Infantry Battalion
29 May 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 2397, 54th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

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

Died on this date - 29th May...... Lance Corporal Harold Edwards was born at Penrith, NSW in 1897. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 18th April, 1916 as a 19 year old Baker from Penrith, NSW.

Private Edwards was admitted to Hospital with Influenza while in Camp from 29th August, 1916 & discharged on 1st September, 1916.

Private Edwards arrived in England for further training on 19th November, 1916 & posted to 14th Training Battalion in Wiltshire. He proceeded overseas to France & joined 54th Battalion at the Front on 8th February, 1917.

Private Edwards was appointed Lance Corporal on 11th January, 1918. He was on leave to UK from 27th February, 1918 & rejoined 54th Battalion on 15th March, 1918.

Lance Corporal Harold Edwards was wounded in action – Gassed on 17th April, 1918. He was invalided to England & admitted to Military Hospital, Boscombe, Hampshire, England (affiliated with Alexandra Hospital, Casham) on 24th May, 1918 with Gas Poisoning (Mustard) – dangerously ill. The Hospital Admissions form has the following recorded: “Active Service – Had old pleurisy & Bronchitis. Pneumonia & Dilated Heart, Conjunctivitis & Laryngitis.”

Lance Corporal Harold Edwards died at 11 am on 29th May, 1918 at Military Hospital, Boscombe, Hampshire, England from Gas Poisoning (Mustard). He was buried in Bournemouth East Cemetery, Bournemouth, Dorset, England were 10 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/bournemouth-east.html

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