Edwin John OVERMAN

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OVERMAN, Edwin John

Service Numbers: 329, 3515
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ascot Vale, Victoria, March 1894
Home Town: Willoughby, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Ascot Vale State School
Occupation: Chemical assistant
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXIII, Row A, Grave No 12
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 329, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 329, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 329, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 329, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
3 Feb 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 329, 2nd Infantry Battalion
20 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3515, Sydney, New South Wales
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3515, 45th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3515, 45th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Jun 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 13th Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3515, 13th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Clayton Elder

Edwin John Overman serial number 329 (and 3515) enlisted in Sydney and was allocated to C Company in the 2nd Battalion.

Edwin was at the landing at Gallipoli, being wounded by gun shot wound to the right groin. He was carried to a dressing station before being taken to Alexandria and admitted to 15th General Hospital on 29 April 1915, where he remained a patient for 3 weeks, before being sent on to a convalescent camp at 17th General Hospital for a further 6 weeks.

Edwin was returned to Australia and discharged as permanently medically unfit as he walked with a limp. Over the following year he attempted to re-enlist several times as his injuries healed and his limp inproved to get back to his mates in the 2nd Battalion. On The 20th of November 1916 his attempt was successful and he was allocated to the 45th Battalions 9th re-enforcements embarking on the A68 "Anchises" from Sydney 24 Jan 17 arriving in Devonport on 23 Mar 17 into the 12th Training Battalion.

Edwin persisted to request for a transfer to join the Second Battalion however he was cleared for service and joined the 13th Infantry Battalion in Belgium on 21 Jun 17, on 26 Sep 1917 while acting as a stretcher bearer with his company in a supporting role Edwin was was severely wounded by German Artillery which he received schrapnel wounds to his left arm, right shoulder, right thigh and abdomen, He was taken to the Canadian Clearing Station at Lijssenthoek where he died from his wounds.

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