Biography

Birth date: 1897
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Moonee Ponds
Death date: 11 August 1918
Death place: France
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 1524A - First World War, 1914-1918
1524 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 11 August 1918
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Military Medal

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Bar to Military Medal

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

P03668.011

Three original grave markers, in the form of a cross, of soldiers who died serving with the 24th Battalion. Left to right: 6400 Corporal (Cpl) Leslie Cunliffe Thomasson, 18th Reinforcements, 24th Battalion, of Camberwell, Vic. Cpl Thomasson enlisted on 14 November 1916 and embarked from Melbourne...

P03668.011

E02478

The final objective captured by Lieutenant (Lt) E.H.D. Edgerton DSO MM and party of the 24th Battalion, during the attack. Owing to the marshy nature of the country the final objective had to be chosen on the outskirts of the village, in the position shown, and it was successfully reached after the...

E02478

Private Record

Edgerton, Eric Henry Drummond, MM, DSO (Lieutenant, b.1897 - d.1918)

Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton, MM, DSO, 24 Battalion, Gallipoli, Egypt and France, 5 January 1915 - 11 August 1918. Collection consists of a typewritten copy of diary kept by Lieutenant Edgerton Gallipoli, 1915-1918. Copy made 1928 by Australian War... Maker: Edgerton, Eric Henry Drummond

1DRL/0257 (With records)

Edgerton, Eric Henry Drummond (Lieutenant, b.1897 - d.1918)

Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton, MM and Bar, DSO, 24 Battalion, Gallipoli, Egypt and France. Collection consists of bound photocopies of certificates, citations, letters from England and France while on active service; letters regarding his death; and... Maker: Edgerton, Eric Henry Drummond

3DRL/6582

Digitised Collection

Typed copy of diary for Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton, 1915-1918

Typed copy of diary relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton, MM, DSO, 24th Battalion. The original diary was written by Eric Edgerton between 5 January 1915 and 11 August 1918. In the diary, Edgerton comments on his daily activities in Australia, the...

RCDIG0000228

Unit Diary extract for the 24th Battalion, 1918

Unit Diary extract relating to the service of Lieutenant Eric Henry Drummond Edgerton, MM, DSO, 24th Battalion. The typed extract is from the Unit Diary of the 24th Battalion for August 1918. It describes events on the day of August 12th and the actions that led to Edgerton's death.

RCDIG0000229

Heraldry

Non commissioned officers field grey field cap : 184th Infantry Regiment, 183rd Division, German Army

German Army infantry gefreiter's (lance corporal) field grey woollen peakless field cap (feldmutze). The cap has red piping around the crown and an integral red hat band, which has been covered with an additional khaki camouflage band. A national red, white and black painted pressed metal cockade...

RELAWM05536.003

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 1918-05-30
Date of death 1918-08-11