Percy George EDWARDS


EDWARDS, Percy George

Service Number: 21852
Enlisted: 30 May 1917
Last Rank: Staff Sergeant
Last Unit: Dental Details: AIF
Born: Albury, New South Wales, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Albury, Albury Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Dentist
Died: Influenza, Broncho Pneumonia, Quarantine Station, North Head, Manly, NSW, 1 December 1918
Cemetery: Sydney North Head (Quarantine) Cemetery
RC 3 207
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 May 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 21852, Dental Details: AIF
22 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant, Dental Details: AIF
2 Nov 1918: Involvement SN 21852, Dental Details: AIF
2 Nov 1918: Embarked SN 21852, Dental Details: AIF, HMAT Medic, Sydney
1 Dec 1918: Involvement SN 21852

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Edwards, of Albury

News was received in Albury on Monday of the death of Staff Sergeant Percy George Edwards, who was a member of the Australian Dental Corps, and died of pneumonic influenza at the Quarantine station, Sydney. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards of Albury, and was a dentist by profession. He enlisted three years ago, and was attached to the Dental Corps, first at Cootamundra and subsequently at Liverpool. About five weeks ago he sailed for the front with the rank of Staff -Sergeant, but the ship on which he sailed — the Medic — was held up at a New Zealand port upon the news of the signing of the armistice being received and he returned to Sydney in the vessel. However, on the voyage, from the Dominion, he had the ill-fortune to contract the dreaded disease, and arrived in Sydney in a serious condition. The news of the death of Staff- Sergeant Edwards was received in Albury with profound regret. He was well known in Albury as a bandsman and a concert performer, and enjoyed a wide popularity by reason of his kindly disposition and genial nature. For four years he was in the service of Mr. H. E. Noble, dentist, of Albury. He was well known on the football field as an umpire, and was a prominent member of the Albury Town Band.