Edgar Victor Claude (Ted) LARKING

Badge Number: S20191, Sub Branch: Port Lincoln

LARKING, Edgar Victor Claude

Service Numbers: 1112, 3279
Enlisted: 29 July 1915, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Big Swamp near Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, 18 March 1888
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, 17 July 1965, aged 77 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1112, 12th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1112, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
30 Dec 1914: Discharged AIF WW1
27 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3279, 48th Infantry Battalion
29 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT A24 Benalla
24 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3279, 48th Infantry Battalion
16 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3279, 48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 48th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

He enlisted 14 Sep 1914, Morpettvile, regimental number 1112 and embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914. He  was discharged 30 Dec 1914 in King George Sound, Western Australia, account refusing to be innoculated.

He re-enlisted 29 Jul 1915.

Port Lincoln Times (SA: 1927 - 1954) Thursday 23 October 1941


Mr. E. V. C. Larking, who enlisted from Port Lincoln and sailed from Australia as corporal with the convoy when the Sydney sank the Emden, cherishes mementos of his departure for the front. He has carefully preserved the letter written to him by   Mrs. M. G. Hawson, who was then president of the Port Lincoln branch of the Cheer Up Society. Mrs. Hawson wrote on October 13, 1915. Her own son, Aleck, had already given his life at Gallipoli. The similarity of the cause of the war of 1914 and 1940 are manifest. Nothing so moved the young men of that day as the treatment of women and girls in the countries invaded by the Germans. Many soldiers in the present war will cherish the memories of the farewells and interest shown in them which Corporal Larkin has kept of his departure in 1915.