BAULCH, Edwin Eric

Service Number: 2871
Enlisted: 1 February 1919, Hamilton, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warrnambool, Vic., 1893
Home Town: Chelsea, Kingston, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver / Tramway Conductor
Died: Accidental fall from Tram Car, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Vic., 18 September 1920
Cemetery: Brighton General Cemetery, Victoria
Presbyterian O 86
Memorials: Penshurst Avenue of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 2871, 29th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 2871, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
1 Feb 1919: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2871, 29th Infantry Battalion, Hamilton, Vic.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Frederick BAULCH, Chelsea, Vic.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was a company runner and was wounded early in the attack, but remained on duty. When the final objective was reached he was again wounded, but continued to carry despatches. When on his way to battalion battle post with a particularly important message a gas shell burst at his feet, and he was blinded. Nevertheless, he groped his way on along a trench and was finally met by the commanding officer himself, to whom he delivered the despatch, which contained information urgently required. His courage, endurance, and devotion to duty were magnificent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Fall from Electric Tram
Dr. R. H. Cole, the City Coronor, at the Morgue today held an Inquest into the death of Edwin Eric Baulch, 27 years, single, tram conductor, of 9 Raleigh street, Malvern. A finding was recorded that  Baulch died in the Alfred Hospital on September 18 from injuries caused by an accidental fall from an electric tram car in Elsternwick on the previous day while at his work as a conductor of the car. As  the car was nearing the terminus Baulch was putting up the barrier of the tram, and in doing so slipped on the footboard, which was wet, and fell on to the road. The tram car was travelling at a speed  of about 18 miles an hour.
John William Green, tram conductor, of Glenferrie road, Malvern, who was also working on the car, stated that Baulch, shortly before the accident, had complained of being sick. Dr. Cole said that there was a little difference in the statements of witnesses as to how the accident happened, but a statement made by Baulch concurred with those which said that he slipped. Probably the weakness from illness had something to do with the accident.

BAULCH.—On the 18th September, at Alfred Hospital (result of an accident), Edwin Eric, beloved fifth son of Mr and Mrs F. Baulch, 9 Raleigh street, Malvern, loving brother of Mrs Rountree, Mrs Hustler,  Myrtle, Frank, Ernest, Alfred, Christopher, Walter, and Fred, aged 27 years.
Dearly loved and sadly missed.