Biography

Birth date: 08 October 1914
Birth place: New South Wales, Wagga Wagga
Death date: 14 April 1941
Death place: Libya: Tobruk, Tobruk War Cemetery
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: NX15705 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion

Jack Edmondson (1914-1941) was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, later moving to Liverpool where he worked on his parents' farm. After service in the militia, he enlisted in the AIF and was promoted to corporal soon afterwards. He embarked for the Middle East with his battalion in October 1940 and trained in Palestine.

In April 1941 German infantry breached the defences at Tobruk, establishing machine-guns, mortars, and field-guns. A seven-man section, including Edmondson, charged the position. Although wounded in the neck and stomach, Edmondson continued to advance under heavy fire, killing one German with his bayonet. He later killed another two Germans, saving the life of his platoon commander, but he succumbed to his wounds soon after the German attack was defeated. His citation noted that Edmondson's actions during the operation "were outstanding for resolution, leadership and conspicuous bravery".

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of Death: 14 April 1941
  • Unit: 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

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Date of birth 1914-10-08
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-05-20
Date of embarkation 1940-10-19 Embarked for the Middle East.
Date of honour or award 1941-04-13 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Tobruk, Libya whilst serving with 2/17 Battalion, 20 Brigade, 19 Division as a Corporal.
Date of death 1941-04-14