Sergeant Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton

Service Numbers 1524,1524A
Birth Date 09 May 1897
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Moonee Ponds
Death Date 11 August 1918
Death Place France
Final Rank Sergeant
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 19 April 1917 on page 919 at position 31
London Gazette 27 October 1916 on page 10487 at position 8

Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton was born at Moonee Ponds, Victoria in 1897 to parents James and Florence. Prior to the First World War he spent seven years as a cadet. Edgerton was aged 18 and a student when he joined the 24th Infantry Battalion on 14 April 1915. On 25 June 1915, he departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic. Two of Edgerton's cousins also served in the First World War - Private Percival John Young and Second Lieutenant Harry Leslie Killingsworth. Serving at Gallipoli, Edgerton was promoted to the rank of corporal in November 1915 and was hospitalised in December 1915. He returned to his unit in January 1916 and sent to the Western Front in France. Edgerton was awarded the Military Medal on 27 October 1916 and promoted to the rank of sergeant in November that year. 1917 brought the award of a Bar to his Military Medal on 11 May and promotions to the ranks of second lieutenant in March and lieutenant in September. In 1918, Edgerton further demonstrated his courage and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 16 September 1918 for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" in capturing several German machine gun positions. Eric Edgerton was 21 years old when he was killed in action on 11 August 1918 in France. His death was mentioned in the despatches of Field Marshal Douglas Haig on 8 November 1918 and he is buried at Villers-Brettoneux Military Cemetery, France.

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Date of Fate
    11 August 1918
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ceramic A40
    Date of Embarkation
    25 June 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    16 September 1918 on page 10876 at position 2
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 February 1919 on page 132 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Bar to Military Medal
    Classification
    Military Medal
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    11 May 1917 on page 4598 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    27 August 1917 on page 1828 at position 16
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    31 December 1918 on page 15227 at position 63
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 879 at position 92
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Corporal
    London Gazette
    27 October 1916 on page 10487 at position 8
    Commonwealth Gazette
    19 April 1917 on page 919 at position 31
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    27 May 1918
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Bar to Military Medal
    Classification
    Military Medal
    Date of Recommendation
    09 March 1917
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    27 May 1918
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    11 June 1916
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Corporal
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    30 May 1918
    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 1897
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-06-11
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-03-09
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-05-27
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-05-27
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-05-30
Date of death 1918-08-11

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