Edmondson, Maude Elizabeth

Place Africa: North Africa, Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Accession Number PR89/056
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 4 wallets
Object type Papers
Maker Edmondson, Maude Elizabeth
Place made Australia, Libya
Date made 1916-1956
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 89/0533
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Papers of Maude Elizabeth Edmondson relating to the life and Second World War service of NX15705 Corporal John Hurst "Jack" Edmondson, 2/17 Battalion, Australia and Libya, 1916-1956.

Collection comprises the papers of Maude Elizabeth Edmondson relating to the life and military service of her son, Corporal Edmondson. Corporal Edmondson was the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Second World War for his part in a counter-attack against enemy troops at Tobruk, Libya in April 1941. Corporal Edmondson died of wounds that he sustained in the attack. Collection includes: four diaries kept by Mrs Edmondson from 1940 to 1950 and extracts of her son's school work; letters of condolence, correspondence with various clubs, societies and men who served with Corporal Edmondson including Lance Corporal Athol Dalziel; booklets and leaflets of commemorative services and accompanying manuscripts of addresses; and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

Collection also includes an original handwritten letter sent from Mrs Edmondson to Mrs Lillian Baggott, thanking her for a photograph of her son's grave at Tobruk War Cemetery; this letter was added to the collection in November 2014. It is believed the photograph was taken by Mrs Baggott's husband, Sergeant Leo Baggott, while serving with the Australian Army in North Africa.