|Measurement||Overall: 76.4 x 61 cm; framed: 97 x 81.8 cm|
|Physical description||oil on canvas|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Corporal John Edmondson
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.