Edward Henry (Harry) PAGE


PAGE, Edward Henry

Service Number: 7757
Enlisted: 2 July 1917, Charters Towers, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Moonta, South Australia, January 1901
Home Town: Burpengary, Moreton Bay, Queensland
Schooling: Moonta Public School, Bowen State School and Bowen Technical College
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action , France, 11 September 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Ipswich Soldier's Memorial Hall Great War, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

2 Jul 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7757, Charters Towers, Queensland
19 Dec 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 7757, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
19 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 7757, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 7757, 2nd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

Edward first enlisted on 18/8/1915 and was discharged on the 17/11/1915 medically unfit.

He enlisted again on the 2/7/1917 at Charters Towers and was discharged on 23/8/1917 for being underage 16yrs 6mths.

Edward was determined so he travelled to NSW and successfully enlisted at Liverpool on the 4/10/1917. He was aged 17yrs 9mths when he was killed in action.

An epitaph written by his family which appeared in a 1919 newspaper;

"There's a lonely grave in France,                                                  

Where our brave hero sleeps,                                                    

There's a cottage home in Queensland,                                          

Where his loved ones sit and weep,                                                

We think of him in silence,                                                              

As his name we often recall,                                                          

But there's nothing left to answer, 

But his photo on the wall,              

Young, Strong and Bold, in dangers hour,

He bravely did his best,        

He gave his life in freedoms hour,

To our father we trust the rest." - from the Brisbane Courier 11 Sep 1919 (nla.gov.au)