Edward Cogan (Ned) KIDMAN


KIDMAN, Edward Cogan

Service Numbers: 421, 421A
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Cottage Creek, New South Wales, 24 September 1888
Home Town: Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 April 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Crows Nest (Qld) War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Brisbane, Queensland
18 Nov 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, Medically unfit
26 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 421, Toowoomba, Queensland
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 421, 11th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 421, 11th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
15 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 421A, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Pamela Greenhalgh

Edward Cogan (Ned) Kidman was born on 24 September 1888 at Cottage Creek, Cooma, New South Wales. He was the fourth child born to Samuel Kidman and Ann Cogan who had 11 children. In 1908 the family moved from Cooma to Anduramba near Crows Nest. After Samuel death in 1911 both Ned and his young brother Ernest were the main bread winners for the family while the younger children were still attending school. Ned worked on Eskdale Station for Ernest Lord for a time and hauled logs and sawn timber for a number of sawmills in the Crows Nest district. 

Ned first enlisted in the AIF on the 23 July 1915 in Brisbane and joined the 5th Battalion at Enoggera. He spend many weeks in hospital in Toowomba with complication from acute appendicitus and was deemed medically unfit and was discharged on 18 November 1915. 

Ned a farmer aged 27 years was 5'9" tall and weighed 150lbs with grey eyes, medium complexion and dark brown hair. He again enlisted in the AIF on 28 June 1916 in Toowoomba. He was assigned to the 5/11 Machine Gunners Company and served in France where he was appointed Lance Corporal in France 3 November 1917. He was promoted to Temporary Corporal a few days before his death. Ned died on the 15 April in Amiens, France aged 29. Ned was killed instantly by an exploding shell. He is buried in Bonnany Communal Extension Cemetery, Amiens, Frances. In his will Ned left all of his property to his brother Ernest Harold Kidman of Yarraman who was his sole executor.