Major Edgar Thomas Towner

Service number 1067, Q30753
Ranks Held Lieutenant, Private, Second Lieutenant, Major
Birth Date 19 April 1890
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Blackall
Death Date 27 August 1972
Death Place Australia: Queensland, Longreach
Final Rank Major
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-01
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-14
Published in London Gazette in 1918-09-24
Published in London Gazette in 1918-05-28
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-10-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-02-12
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Description

Edgar Towner (1890-1972) enlisted in 1915 and soon established himself as an outstanding soldier. Fighting in France, he was commissioned, won the Military Cross and was twice Mentioned in Despatches before receiving the Victoria Cross for the attack on Mont St Quentin. In the battle, constantly under fire, he undertook dangerous reconnaissance and bravely led his machine-gunners. At one point he personally captured a machine-gun and turned it on the enemy. After 30 hours' fighting he was evacuated, wounded and exhausted.

After the war Towner returned to rural Queensland, but served again in the Second World War. A pastoralist at home in the bush, he was a life-long bachelor.

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Date of birth 19 April 1890
Date of embarkation 29 June 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 03 March 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 04 March 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 19 June 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 22 June 1918
Awarded Victoria Cross 01 September 1918 For action at Mont St Quentin, France whilst serving with 2 Machine Gun Battalion, 2 Division as a Lieutenant
Date of recommendation honour or award 09 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 09 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 09 September 1918
Date of death 27 August 1972