Eric Henry Drummond EDGERTON DSO, MM+Bar, MiD

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EDGERTON, Eric Henry Drummond

Service Numbers: 1524, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 15 April 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1 April 1897
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Hawksburn School & Wesley College
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed in Action, France, 11 August 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot XX, Row A, Grave No.3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Moonee Ponds Methodist Church HB
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World War 1 Service

15 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1524, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1524, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1524, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1524, 24th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
10 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1524, 24th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
10 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 24th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
1 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 24th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
11 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 24th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography

Eric Henry Drummond EDGERTON was born on 1st April, 1897 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria

His father was James EDGERTON and Florence Grace SHACKLOCK

He was still a student at Wesley College when he enlisted with the Australian Army on 15th April, 1915

He had previously served in the Junior Cadets for 3 years and 4 years wiht the Senior Cadets

Eric joined the 24th Battalion, 1st Reinforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Ceramic on 25th June 1915

He was awarded the Military Medal & Bar, Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in Dispatches & recommended for Victoria Cross which was altered to Companion of the Distinguished Service Order - for more information see the following link to AIF Project which contains detailed information on his service & awards

Eric was Killed in Action on 11th August 1918 during the advance of his Battalion near Raincourt - He died from a bullet wound to the heart - he is buried in Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery & also commemorated at the Australian War Memorial and the Honor roll at Wesley College, Melbourne

 

DAILY NEWS Perth 29th August, 1918

Lieutenant Eric Edgerton, MM, DSO.  Killed

Advice has been received that Lieut. Eric Edgerton of the 24th Battalion was killed in action in France .  He was the third son of Mr. James Edgerton ,managing director of the Victoria Iron Rolling Co. Ltd Melbourne and had been on active service abroad.  In Gallipol as Lance Corporal he was awarded a Military medal and in France a bar to the Medal.  He obtained his full commission about 12 months ago and for some exceptionally fine work on May 19th last when he  personally stormed two enemy strong posts and captured three machine guns,  He was awarded the DSO.  General Birdwood in advising him of the award said "thoughout the whole attack your splended leadership courage and initiative were of the highest order and inspired your men to the utmost"  Lieut. Edgerton was a nephew of Mrs. Nankivell of Peppermint Grove & Mr. Shacklock of Subiaco.  He was a Wesley College boy and when killed was under 22 years of age.  Lieut. Edgertons eldest brother was some time ago a teacher in the Education Department of this State.  He is now a warrant officer in the Navy and a younger brother just 15 if not already left is about to leave for the front.  

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