Temporary Brigadier Cedric Rupert Vaughan Edgar

Service number NX140
Ranks Held Lieutenant Colonel, Temporary Brigadier
Birth Date 09 July 1901
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Wedderburn
Final Rank Temporary Brigadier
Service Australian Army
Units
Place Wedderburn
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1947-03-06
Published in London Gazette in 1946-02-14
Published in London Gazette in 1945-03-08
Published in London Gazette in 1943-12-23
Published in London Gazette in 1947-03-06
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1943-12-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1945-03-15
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1946-02-21

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    2/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    23 December 1943 on page 5574 at position 3
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 December 1943 on page 2797 at position 39
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    4 Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier
    London Gazette
    14 February 1946 on page 943 at position 28
    Commonwealth Gazette
    21 February 1946 on page 409 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    4 Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier
    London Gazette
    08 March 1945 on page 1305 at position 20
    Commonwealth Gazette
    15 March 1945 on page 650 at position 77
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    4 Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier
    London Gazette
    06 March 1947 on page 1085 at position 5
    Commonwealth Gazette
    06 March 1947 on page 748 at position 4
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945

Timeline

Date of birth 09 July 1901 Wedderburn, VIC
Interwar Service 1 1919-06 enlisted Australian Field Artillery c.
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 01 June 1919
Date commissioned 10 April 1922
Interwar Service 2 10 April 1922 lieutenant Australian Field Artillery
Interwar Service 3 01 December 1924 captain Australian Field Artillery
Interwar Service 4 10 September 1926 21st battalion
Interwar Service 5 19 June 1928 major
Interwar Service 6 14 November 1928 33rd battalion
Interwar Service 7 01 July 1929 Unattached List
Interwar Service 8 01 January 1934 33/41st battalion
Interwar Service 9 1935-04-03 - 1935-11-18 staff captain 2Div Arti
Interwar Service 10 31 January 1936 RAA (Militia) Fd
Interwar Service 11 10 July 1939 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 1 13 October 1939 seconded major 2/2nd battalion
Career summary 2 26 October 1939 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 3 13 February 1940 arrived Middle East
Career summary 4 1940-05-13 - 1940-06-16 course Middle East Tactical School (senior O
Career summary 5 1941-01-25 - 1941-02-08 attached Headquarters 16th Bri
Career summary 7 1941-03-30 - 1941-04-11 attached 2/1st batta
Career summary 8 1941-05 arrived Middle East ex Greece
Career summary 9 16 June 1941 attached 2/1st battalion
Career summary 11 1941-07-26 - 1941-08-08 course Middle East Combined Training Ce
Career summary 10 11 September 1941 2/1st battalion
Career summary 12 18 September 1941 MEDevacuated 1 Conval Depot 9
Career summary 13 16 November 1941 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 2/2nd battalion
Appointment 1941-11-16 - 1943-06-16 Battalion: 2/2nd; Rank on appointment: major, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: 2iC 2/1st battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: promotion field command: 4th battalion disbanded E
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1941-11-16 - 1943-06-16 Commanding officer of 2/2 Battalion, 6 Division, 16 Brigade, AIF.
Career summary 14 27 March 1942 arrived Ceylon
Career summary 15 04 August 1942 Returned to Australia (Melb)
Career summary 16 19 September 1942 arrived Moresby
Career summary 17 1942-11-11 - 1942-12-22 medical Mal
Career summary 18 08 January 1943 Returned to Australia (Bris)
Career summary 19 23 March 1943 medical Malaria 15
Career summary 20 16 June 1943 temporary brigadier, commander 4th Brigade
Career summary 21 16 June 1943 Colonel (retains rank of temporary brigadier)
Career summary 22 25 June 1943 arrived Moresby
Career summary 23 23 December 1943 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 24 18 August 1944 Returned to Australia (Townsville ) ex Finsch'
Career summary 25 11 January 1945 Arrived New Britain
Career summary 26 31 March 1945 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 27 21 December 1945 command 13th Brigade
Career summary 28 13 January 1946 Returned to Australia (Bris)
Career summary 29 24 January 1946 ED
Career summary 30 22 February 1946 relinquished command 13th Brigade
Career summary 31 03 July 1946 honourary brigadier Reserve of Officers
Career summary 6 c 1941-03-20 arrived Greece
Citations 10 Brig. EDGAR's service throughout the entire war has been meritorious and showed exceptional devotion to duty. his service has included the most difficult campaigns the AIF has participated in.'
Citations 2 'During the advance of 16 Aust Inf Bde across NEW GUINEA Oct-Dec. 1942 and especially when in contact with the Japanese Forces.
Citations 3 Lt/Col EDGAR showed continuous and distinguished service up to the time of his evacuation sick at OIVI area 9 Nov. 42. His battalion was the first of the Brigade to be committed in attack on the enemy [sic] well located and strong defences at TEMPLETON'S CROSSING area where they attacked with complete success and inflicted many known casualties and caused enemy to withdraw 21/22 Oct. At EORA CREEK his Bn was extensively on patrols, carrying of ammunition and wounded and in holding important bridgeheads over creeks. Later at OIVI his Bn. was the first to contact the enemy and again inflicted known casualties.
Citations 4 His well balanced judgement, aggressive tactics and personal example coupled with initiative and constant attention to all details greatly contributed to the continuous success in forcing the enemy back and so enabling the Bde. to continue constant pressure.'
Citations 5 -Ext Sheet DN/65/43, LG Supp 36297/43
Citations 7 'During the period 1 Apr-30 Sep 45 Brig. EDGAR was commanding 4 Aust Inf Bde. Gp in NEW BRITAIN. One Bn of his Bde was detached to the NORTH COAST and despite administrative difficulties he effectively controlled that bn as well as the remainder of his bde. By his untiring energy and and personal efficiency he kept his bde in all respects ready for action and at a very high standard.
Citations 8 Brig. EDGAR was one of the first to volunteer for service in this war and sailed for the Middle East in the first convoy. His service throughout the war has been distinguished. As 2i/c of the 2/2nd bn he went through the LIBYAN and GREECE campaigns. In early April 1941 in GREECE the HQ of the bn was overrun by German armour NORTH of LARISSA and the CO separated from the bn. Brig. EDGAR immediately took command of the remnants of the bn reorganised them under the most trying circumstances and withdrew to a prepared position further to the rear. He administered command of the bn for the remainder of the campaign in a very efficient manner. As CO of the 2/2 bn in 1942 in the ardous [sic] crossing of the OWEN STANLEY range in NG, he displayed exceptional courage and ability. He unsparingly devoted himself to the task of defeating the enemy and his brilliant planning and determined execution of bn attacks at TEMPLETONS CROSSING and EORA CREEK greatly contributed to the defeat of the Japanese in PAPUA.
Citations 9 As a Bde Comd in the LAE-MADANG Campaign his Bde took over the role of forward bde 9 Aust Div on 2 Dec 43 at BONGA. His task was to clear the Coastal Strip to FORTIFICATION POINT. The advance was a very stubbornly opposed and included five opposed river crossings. Particularly difficult fighting took place at LAKONA and the MASSAWENG RIVER. Brig. EDGAR's skill and aggressiveness resulted in the capture of FORTIFICATION POINT on 19 Dec. at great loss to the enemy and minimum loss to his own bde.