Service Number: 2021
Enlisted: 15 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney New South Wales, Australia, January 1893
Home Town: Pyrmont, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 4 January 1917
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row C, Grave 243
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Pyrmont Public School Roll of Honor
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15 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2021, 17th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, 2021, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Runic embarkation_ship_number: A54 public_note: ''
9 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, 2021, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
27 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2021, 17th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW to left thigh

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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/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 4th January..... Edward Alexander John Urquhart was born in 1883 at Sydney, NSW. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 15th June, 1915 as a 32 year old, single, Labourer from 86 Harris Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW.

Private Edward Urquhart embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Runic (A54) on 9th August, 1915 with the 17th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements.
Private Urquhart joined his Unit at Gallipoli Peninsula on 12th October, 1915. He was AWL from 9.30 am on 24th December until 1.30 pm on 28th December, 1915. Private Urquhart was AWL again for 1 day at Lemnos on 31st December, 1915.

Private Urquhart disembarked at Alexandria ex Mudros on 9th January, 1916 (after the evacuation at Gallipoli). He was awarded 4 days Confined to Barracks on 28th January, 1916 for being Absent without leave.

Private Urquhart was awarded 144 hours Field Punishment No. 2 for being Absent without leave from 6 pm on 25th January, 1916 until 10 pm on 29th January, 1916. He was absent without leave for 100 hours at Tel-el-Kebir on 29th January, 1916 & awarded 168 hours Field Punishment No. 2. Private Urquhart was awarded 21 days Field Punishment No. 2 on 21st February, 1916 for Insolence & insubordination to an Officer on 19th February, 1916.

Private Urquhart embarked from Alexandria to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) on 17th March, 1916. He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 23rd March, 1916. Private Urquhart had been written up on 23rd March, 1916 for Leaving Parade without permission on 22nd March, 1916 on board H.M.T. Arcadia.

Private Urquhart was written up at Thiennes on 6th April, 1916 for 1. Drunkenness 2. Absent without leave from 8.30 pm on 2nd April, 1916 till 8.50 pm on 2nd April, 1916 – 20 minutes. He was awarded 168 hours Field Punishment No. 2.

Private Urquhart was written up on 22nd July, 1916 while posted in France at Warloy – “On 20th July, 1916 Conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline in that he fell out on a march without permission.” He was awarded 45 hours (Statement of Service form has 48 hours) Field Punishment No. 2.
Private Edward Urquhart was wounded in France on 26th July, 1916. He was invalided to England on Hospital Ship St. Patrick on 31st July, 1916 & admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, England on 1st August, 1916 with bullet wound to leg - severe.
Private Urquhart was taken on strength of No. 1 Command Depot on 24th August, 1916. He was granted furlough from 25th August, 1916. Private Urquhart was absent without leave from 3 pm on 8th September, 1916 until 9 pm on 12th September, 1916 & awarded 5 days confined to Camp.

Private Urquhart was posted to Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 13th September, 1916 & classified as fit for active service. He was admitted to Brigade Camp Hospital on 15th September, 1916 with VD then transferred to several Hospitals before being admitted to Military Hospital at Tidworth, Wiltshire on 2nd January, 1917 - dangerously ill with Pneumonia.

Private Edward Urquhart died on 4th January, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Pneumonia. He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 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)


Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William Urquhart and Mary A. Urquhart of Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW.

Brother of Albert Urquhart whose was killed in action on 30 April 1917 and was buried in the Vraucourt Corpse Cemetery, Plot 11, Row B, Grave 9; Hector Urquhart who was killed in action on 22 August 1915 and has no known grave, his name appears on Lone Pine Memorial, Panel 39; Leslie Ernest Urquhart who returned to Australia on 11 February 1919 having served with the 17th Battalion and Norman Urquhart who returned to Australia on 14 May 1916 having served with the 13th Battalion

Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal