Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 17 September 1914, St Kilda, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 8th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Rawalpindi, India, 14 August 1886
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Uppingham, England
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in action, Messines Ridge, Belgium, 6 July 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Plot II, Row E, Grave 38
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World War 1 Service

17 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , St Kilda, Victoria
1 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
1 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
20 May 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
20 May 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Melbourne
6 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , Messines

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Alfred Jesse EDMONSTON-FEARN was born in Rawal, Pindi, India on 14th August, 1886

His parents were Sefton FEARN and Maria LOVING who married in England in 1882

Alfred married Dorothy Mabel AMOS in Victoria in 1914 & had two children, Elsa Mabel & Sefton Alfred

He had previously served with the Royal Horse Artillery in England and was the Staff Sergeant of the Instructional Staff at the St Kilda Drill Hall when he applied for a Commission early in 1916 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant & Lieutenant just before embarking for the Front

He had spent 18 months as a Gunner, 2 years as a Bomber, 6 years as a Corporal & 18 months as a Staff Sergeant Major with the Instructional Staff.

He enlisted in St Kilda, Victoria on 17th September, 1914 and embarked on 20th May, 1916 from Melbourne with the 8th Field Artillery Brigade on the HMAT Medic

Alfred was Killed in Action at Messines Ridge in Belgium after being hit by a shall - he is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery & his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal


Argus, Melbourne, 6th July 1918 page 13

EDMONSTON-FEARN - In affectionate remembrance of my darling husband and our dear Daddy, Lieutenant Alfred Jesse Edmonston-Fearn, 29th Battery, Killed in Action, Messines Ridge while on duty as forward observing Officer, July 6, 1917

"Far awy from all who loved him

Soldiers gently laid him to rest,

In a heroes grave he is sleeping

One of Gods brightest and best"