Charles Robert EDSON

EDSON, Charles Robert

Service Numbers: 6653, 8854
Enlisted: 11 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Yorke Valley, South Australia, 3 November 1893
Home Town: Hawthorn, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide High School
Occupation: Customs Officer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 17 August 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Dozinghem Military Cemetery
III. I. 21
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Croydon War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6653, 4th Light Horse Brigade Train, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 6653, 4th Light Horse Brigade Train, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, 6653, 4th Light Horse Brigade Train, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
18 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 20th Army Service Corps
20 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 27th Infantry Battalion
23 Apr 1917: Transferred Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Seconded as Air Observer
17 Aug 1917: Involvement Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Third Ypres, 22 Sqn RFC :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 27th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Second Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1917-08-17
Date unknown: Involvement 8854

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

EDSON, Charles Robert. Born 3/11/1893 in York, SA.

Enlisted 11/5/1915 Keswick 1 Reinforcements 4th Light Horse Brigade
Train Mitcham.

23/6/1915 sailed to Egypt then France.

2/9/1916 Sgt and to England to train for commission AIF Infantry Battalion.

18/12/1916 promoted to Second Lt.

16/1/1917 posted back to France.

24/1/1917 evacuated to hospital in England after a motor accident.

23/4/1917 seconded for AFC observer training.

18/6/1917 Second Lt, AFC attached to 22 RFC Bristol Fighter Sqn in France.

17/8/1917 he died of wounds sustained in aerial combat. He is named on the AFC Honour Roll of SA National War Memorial, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Extract from "South Australian Airmen of the Great War'