Corporal John Edmondson

Accession Number ART27532
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 76.4 x 61 cm; framed: 97 x 81.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Smith, Joshua
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1958
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Portrait of NX15705 Corporal John H Edmondson, VC, 2/17 Battalion, AIF, was in a small group that attacked with the bayonet a party of Germans which had broken through a point of the Tobruk defences in April 1941. During the counter-attack Edmondson was severely wounded but carried on, saved the life of his officer and personally accounted for several of the enemy soldiers. The survivors were put to flight and one prisoner was taken. Edmonson died from his wounds shortly after the fight. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross - the first such award to Australian forces in the Second World War.