William Caldwell EDWARDS

EDWARDS , William Caldwell

Service Number: QX10578
Enlisted: 24 June 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 28 August 1909
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Accidental, Australia, 8 February 1943, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Corporal, QX10578
24 Jun 1940: Enlisted
24 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Corporal, QX10578
8 Feb 1943: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Bill was the sixth of eight children of Thomas Earl Edwards Snr (born 1875 in Wales) and Isabella (Bella) Elizabeth Caldwell (born 1874 at Nerring in Victoria. Tom Snr was a Gold Miner at Eaglehawk in Bendigo, Victoria in 1898 when he married Bella. Tom Snr and Bella were in Western Australia at Daveyhurst near Menzies on the Goldfields from 1902 to 1906 where Tom Snr was a Gold Miner/Prospector. The family settled at Eaglehawk in Bendigo, Victoria and Tom Snr worked as a Miner until his death in 1930.

Bill had worked as a Labourer in Melbourne and Bendigo, and in 1940 was in Maryborough, QLD with brother John Henry when he enlisted in the Army. Bill was a Corporal (Service No:QX10578) attached to 2/1 Air Support Signals when he was killed in a flying accident in February 1943. Brother Thomas Earl (Private; Service No:2401) and Brother in Law Hubert Charles Jason (Private; Service No:4118) served in WWI, and Brothers John Henry (Private; Service No:QX10577) and Sidney Edgar (Corporal; Service No:VX47334) served in WWII