Edgeworth William Pitt KERNOT

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KERNOT, Edgeworth William Pitt

Service Numbers: 3634, 3634A
Enlisted: 22 February 1917, 10th reinforcements Royal Naval House, Sydney
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Stawell, Victoria, 14 July 1899
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: State School, Stawell & Wesley College
Occupation: Electrician
Died: Killed in action, France, 30 April 1918, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Meteren Military Cemetery
Plot 4, Row H, Grave 787 INSCRIPTION ERECTED IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY PRO DEO ET PATRIA
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3634, 55th Infantry Battalion, 10th reinforcements Royal Naval House, Sydney
21 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 55th Infantry Battalion
31 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3634, 55th Infantry Battalion
31 Oct 1917: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, SN 3634, 55th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
26 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3634, 55th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 1st Infantry Battalion
30 Apr 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3634A, 1st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Edgeworth William Pitt KERNOT was born on 24th July, 1899 in Stawell, Victoria

His parents were William Edwin KERNOT and Florence May LILLIE

He attended the State School in Stawell where he was a keen athlete & was also at Wesley College in 1910

He had 4 years previous service with the senior cadets and was a Corporal attached to the 17th Battalion before he enlisted in the Royal Naval House in Grosvenor St Sydney to sign up with the Army for WW1

He embarked with the 55th Battalion, 10th reinforcements from Sydney on board HMAT Euripides on 31st October , 1917 - he was an Acting Corporal from 21st August, 1917 and reverted to Private after the voyage on 26th December, 1917 - he was taken on srength from the 55th Battalion and reallocated service no. 3534A  - he transferred to the 1st Battalion on 1st April, 1918

Edgeworth was Killed in Action on 30th April, 1918 in Meteren, France during the Villers Bretonneux campaign , when he & some others were carrying timber to make a dugout & he was killed instantly by a shell & several others were wounded - he is buried in the Meteren Military Cemetery in France. 

Inscription reads:

"ERECTED IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY 

PRO DEO ET PATRIA"

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the west face of the Mosman War Memorial (Sydney) - he was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

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Trove - IN MEMORIAM

KERNOT - In proud and loving memory of Corp Edgeworth W. P. Kernot, 1st Battalion A.I.F. killed in action at Meteren, France, April 30, 1918, the loved eldest son of W.E. Kernot, "Cohoes" Mosman, Sydney and the late F M. Kernot

"He shall not grow old, as we that are left grown old

Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember him"

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Brother - Ian Crosbie KERNOT served in WW2 with the RAAF (SN41792) and was discharged in 1946

Cousin - Captain Cyril McEachern LILLIE served in WW1 & was discharged in 1919

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