Edward John LARKIN


LARKIN, Edward John

Service Numbers: 2921, 2921A
Enlisted: 7 September 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 1887
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Christian Brothers School
Occupation: Railway employee
Died: Died of Illness, France, 10 September 1918
Cemetery: Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2921, Brisbane, Queensland
27 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2921, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2921, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Brisbane
10 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2921A, 49th Infantry Battalion

Gundiah Gazette August 2017 - Tiaro's Sons p3

Edward John Larkin
Private AIF, #2921A WW1
7th Reinforcement, 52nd Battalian AIF

The Gazette previously published research on Ernest W. Larkins in February 2016 but were unable to determine his connection to Bauple’s Honour Roll - 'LARKIN, E.'. There was a good reason. In searching for last month’s digger, we came across the electoral role for Tiaro South 1912 and there was the correct Mr E.J. Larkin.

Edward John Larkin was ‘British Born’ born in Brisbane 22 August 1887 to Thomas and Catherine Larkin.
The next record I have is of him residing in Bauple as a labourer. He was not married when he enlisted at age 29, in Brisbane on 7th Sept 1916.
His mother, Catherine Larkin, lived in Walsh Street, Milton, Brisbane, and was listed as his next of kin and he as sole provider.
He embarked on the “Marathon” for Plymouth. His service record had multiple listings of punishments for being absent without leave and/or possessing liquor. He was plagued by illness, being in and out of hospital.
He was listed as dangerously ill on 9 September and ‘died of disease’, –Cerebro-Spinal Fever 10 September 1918.
He was buried in the Marie Cemetery, Plot 5, RowD, Grave 6, Le Havre, France.

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