Edward James (Ted) BIRTHISEL

BIRTHISEL, Edward James

Service Number: 2577
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Bendigo
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wehla, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Chiltern, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 18 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Chiltern War Memorial Gates, Inglewood Kingower State School Honor Board, Shire of Chiltern Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wedderburn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2577, 6th Infantry Battalion, Bendigo
26 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, 2577, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
26 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, 2577, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
18 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2577, 6th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Edward James BIRTHISEL was born in Wehla, Victoria in 1886

His parents were Richard John BIRTHISEL & Mary Jane SUTTON

He married Barbara May LEMIN in Victoria in 1910 and had three children, Emma Isabella, Irene May & Linden Lentium Edward (Lennie)

He enlsted in Bendigo on 23rd July, 1915 and embarked with the 6th Infantry Battalion, 8th reinforcements on 26th August, 1915 on the ship HMAT Anchises from Melbourne

He was listed as Missing in Action on 18th August, 1916 and a later court of enquiry found he had been Killed in Action on that day - no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Villers Bretonneux Memorial

Medals:  1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

His brother Matthew BIRTHISEL (SN 953) also served in WW1 and died of pneumonia in England on 5th February, 1919

Another brother William George BIRTHISEL (SN 214) returned to Australia in 1918


Age (Melbourne) 18th August, 1919 page 1


BIRTHISEL - In loving memory of my dear husband, Private Edward James Birthisel, who was killed in action at Pozieres on 18th August, 1916

"The war is over and victory won - to all those words sound vice

But oh how sad the hearts of those whose loved ones paid the price

He went away with hopes of returning, along with his comrades so brave

With many a hero he's sleeping, in a soldiers honoured grave

Inserted by his loving wife, Barbara May & loving children, Isabella Irene & Lennie