Eric Clifton ELDRIDGE

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ELDRIDGE, Eric Clifton

Service Number: VX4796
Enlisted: 30 November 1939, Ouyen, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Brigade HQ (2nd/AIF)
Born: Horsham, Victoria, 12 January 1918
Home Town: Ouyen, Mildura Shire, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Germany - diptheria), Germany, 14 October 1941, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

30 Nov 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX4796, Ouyen, Victoria
15 Apr 1940: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX4796, 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
30 Nov 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX4796, 17th Infantry Brigade HQ (2nd/AIF), Libya/North Africa
5 Apr 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX4796, 17th Infantry Brigade HQ (2nd/AIF), "Operation Lustre" Greece / Crete 1941 (Pt 1)
1 Jun 1941: Imprisoned "Operation Lustre" Greece / Crete 1941 (Pt 1), Captured at Crete
14 Oct 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX4796, 17th Infantry Brigade HQ (2nd/AIF), Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...VX4796 Private Eric Clifton Eldridge, Headquarters 17th Brigade, Australian Infantry. Private Eldridge, aged 23, died on 14 October 1941, as a Prisoner of War (POW), after being captured defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion. He was the son of George William and Fanny Louisa Eldridge, of Ouyen, Vic. He is buried in the Cracow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland, Section 6,Row E, Plot 4..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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