Edward (Eddie) MACGILL


Service Number: 29809
Enlisted: 17 April 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Melbourne, Vic., 1889
Home Town: Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: Essendon State School No 483
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Essendon St. John's Presbyterian Church Memorial Window, Essendon State School No 483 Roll of Honor, Mooroopna Shepparton News Calendar & Pictorial Honour Roll of Fallen Heroes, Shepparton St. Augustine's Anglican Church Great War Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

17 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 29809, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, Melbourne, Vic.
3 Oct 1916: Involvement Gunner, 29809, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
3 Oct 1916: Embarked Gunner, 29809, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne
20 Sep 1917: Involvement Gunner, 29809, 11th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 29809 awm_unit: 11th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Gunner awm_died_date: 1917-09-20

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Edward and Agnes MACGILL, 'Braeside', Brewster Street, Essendon, Victoria

Commemorated on Essendon Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour ('For King & Country', 'For God and Humanity')

MACGILL-ROWE.-On the 20th September, in France, Gunners Eddie Macgill and Eddie Rowe, schoolmates and comrades in arms, in life and death  together.
"Lovely and pleasant in their lives and in their death they were not divided."

MACGILL.-Killed in action on the 20th September, in France, Gunner Edward Macgill, A.F.A., beloved elder son of E. and A. Macgill, "Braeside,"  Essendon, loving brother of Barbara, Muriel and Jack, and loved grandson of Mrs. B. J. Paterson, Moonee Ponds; aged 28.

The pangs of sorrow brought about by the loss of relatives in the Great War are often alleviated by the receipt of letters from mates of the deceased  soldier giving particulars relating to his death. Messrs Paterson Bros., of Bunbartha recently received news regarding the death of their nephew, Pte.  Edward Macgill, who was killed by a shell along with his schoolmate, Edward Rowe, of Essendon. It is staled that Pte. Macgill and three others rescued a  British "Tommy" from off heap of burning ammunition and for their gallantry were to be mentioned in despatches. As yet, no official advice has been  received confirming the news. Three days after this experience Pte. Macgill was killed.