Biography

Birth date: 09 July 1901
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Wedderburn
Final rank: Temporary Brigadier
Service number: NX140 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 4 Brigade
  • 2/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 4 Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: 4 Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 4 Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

022781

JULIS, PALESTINE, BETWEEN 1941-06 AND 1941-07-17. MAJOR C.R.V. EDGAR WHO RETURNED TO HIS APPOINTED POST OF 2 I/C, 2/2ND AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION ON 1941-07-18.

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075298

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-15. VX27 MAJOR-GENERAL A.H. RAMSAY, CBE, DSO, ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 5TH DIVISION (1) INSPECTING MEMBERS OF THE 22ND INFANTRY BATTALION PRIOR TO THEIR EMBARKING ON HOME LEAVE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX143350 CAPTAIN K. BOLTON (2); VX5423 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL...

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081098

WATSONIA, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-11. NX140 BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER, 4TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

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WATSONIA, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-11. NX140 BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER 4TH INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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091073

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-21. 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION ON PARADE DURING A REVIEW BY BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE. (JOINS NO. 091074).

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091074

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-21. 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION ON PARADE DURING A REVIEW BY BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE. (JOINS NO. 91073).

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091076

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-04-21. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (4), SPEAKING TO MEN OF 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MAJOR W.J. MCPHERSON (1); CAPTAIN N.W.C. CURTIS (2), LIEUTENANT-COLONEL F.J. EMBREY (3).

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091079

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-21. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (1), TAKES THE SALUTE FROM B COMPANY, 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION DURING THE MARCH PAST.

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091080

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-21. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (1), TAKES THE SALUTE FROM A COMPANY, 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION DURING THE MARCH PAST.

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091081

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-21. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (1), TAKES THE SALUTE FROM C COMPANY, 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION DURING THE MARCH PAST.

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091082

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-21. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (1), TAKES THE SALUTE FROM D COMPANY, 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION DURING THE MARCH PAST.

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090177

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-03-29. LORD WAKEHURST, GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES (5), ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WAKEHURST (3), AND LADY BLAMEY (1), MEETS BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDING OFFICER, 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (4), DURING HIS TOUR OF HEADQUARTERS 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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093599

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-07-01. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA (2), ACCOMPANIED BY BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (1), INSPECTING THE GUARD AT WUNUNG AIRSTRIP DURING HIS VISIT TO HEADQUARTERS 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERS 5...

093599

093601

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-07-01. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA (2), INSPECTING TROOPS OF 29/46 INFANTRY BATTALION AT WUNUNG AIRSTRIP DURING HIS VISIT TO HEADQUARTERS 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERS 5 DIVISION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:-...

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096326

MALAGUNA MISSION, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-09-10. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE CONFERRING WITH JAPANESE STAFF OFFICERS ON THE BEACH AFTER THE LANDING OF THE AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL FORCE. TROOPS OF 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE OCCUPIED THE RABAUL AREA FOLLOWING THE SURRENDER OF THE JAPANESE.

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RABAUL, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-09-10. LIEUTENANT GENERAL K.W. EATHER, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 11 DIVISION, CONFERRING WITH BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE AND STAFF OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS 11 DIVISION ON THE BEACH. TROOPS OF 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE OCCUPIED THE RABAUL AREA FOLLOWING...

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NANTAMBU, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-07-26. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL EDWARDS, COMMANDER, PACIFIC ISLANDS REGIMENT (1), TALKING WITH BRIGADIER-GENERAL C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (2), AFTER A COURT OF ENQUIRY AT HEADQUARTERS 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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Nantambu, New Britain, 1945-07-26. Brigadier-General C.R.V. Edgar, Commander 4 Infantry Brigade, in the blister of a Catalina flying-boat.

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MALAGUNA MISSION, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-09-10. TROOPS OF 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE HOISTING THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG ON THE BEACH, SOON AFTER LANDING, WHILE BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR (LEFT) LOOKS ON.

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MALAGUNA MISSION, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-09-10. A JAPANESE OFFICER WITH BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, IN THE MALAGUNA BEACH AREA, SOON AFTER THE OCCUPATION OF RABAUL BY 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE TROOPS.

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MALAGUNA MISSION, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-09-10. ARMY AND NAVY OFFICERS WATCHING OPERATIONS ON THE BEACH DURING THE FIRST DAY OF THE OCCUPATION OF THE RABAUL AREA, BY 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE TROOPS. THE GROUP INCLUDES MAJOR GENERAL K.W. EATHER, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 11 DIVISION, AND BRIGADIER C.R.V....

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093598

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-07-01. BRIGADIER C.R.V. EDGAR, COMMANDER 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE (1), SHAKING HANDS WITH HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA (2), DURING HIS VISIT TO HEADQUARTERS 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERS 5 DIVISION. MAJOR-GENERAL H.C.H....

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093608

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-07-01. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA (1), TAKING THE SALUTE FROM TROOPS OF 29/46 INFANTRY BATTALION DURING THE MARCH PAST AT WUNUNG AIRSTRIP. THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL IS VISITING HEADQUARTERS 4 INFANTRY BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERS 5...

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090402

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-04-08. ON THE BANKS OF THE WUNUNG RIVER, SENATOR J.M. FRASER, ACTING MINISTER FOR THE ARMY (5); SPEAKS WITH TROOPS OF THE 29/46 INFANTRY BATTALION, 4 BRIGADE, WHO ARE DOING THEIR WASHING. THE SENATOR, ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL J. NORTHCOTT, CHIEF OF THE...

090402

Film

Occupation Rabaul

At 07.30 HMAS Manoora and SS Katoomba laden with troops and escorted by HMAS Vendetta and other RAN vessels, arrived in Simpson Harbour after a Japanese liaison party had been contacted. First troops to disembark and head inland were the 29/46th Australian Infantry Battalion. Throughout the day...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1901-07-09 Wedderburn, VIC
Interwar Service 1 1919-06 enlisted Australian Field Artillery c.
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1919-06-01
Date commissioned 1922-04-10
Interwar Service 2 1922-04-10 lieutenant Australian Field Artillery
Interwar Service 3 1924-12-01 captain Australian Field Artillery
Interwar Service 4 1926-09-10 21st battalion
Interwar Service 5 1928-06-19 major
Interwar Service 6 1928-11-14 33rd battalion
Interwar Service 7 1929-07-01 Unattached List
Interwar Service 8 1934-01-01 33/41st battalion
Interwar Service 9 1935-04-03 - 1935-11-18 staff captain 2Div Arti
Interwar Service 10 1936-01-31 RAA (Militia) Fd
Interwar Service 11 1939-07-10 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 1 1939-10-13 seconded major 2/2nd battalion
Career summary 2 1939-10-26 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 3 1940-02-13 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 1941-06-16 attached 2/1st battalion
Career summary 11 1941-07-26 - 1941-08-08 course Middle East Combined Training Ce
Career summary 10 1941-09-11 2/1st battalion
Career summary 12 1941-09-18 MEDevacuated 1 Conval Depot 9
Career summary 13 1941-11-16 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 1942-03-27 arrived Ceylon
Career summary 15 1942-08-04 Returned to Australia (Melb)
Career summary 16 1942-09-19 arrived Moresby
Career summary 17 1942-11-11 - 1942-12-22 medical Mal
Career summary 18 1943-01-08 Returned to Australia (Bris)
Career summary 19 1943-03-23 medical Malaria 15
Career summary 20 1943-06-16 temporary brigadier, commander 4th Brigade
Career summary 21 1943-06-16 Colonel (retains rank of temporary brigadier)
Career summary 22 1943-06-25 arrived Moresby
Career summary 23 1943-12-23 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 24 1944-08-18 Returned to Australia (Townsville ) ex Finsch'
Career summary 25 1945-01-11 Arrived New Britain
Career summary 26 1945-03-31 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 27 1945-12-21 command 13th Brigade
Career summary 28 1946-01-13 Returned to Australia (Bris)
Career summary 29 1946-01-24 ED
Career summary 30 1946-02-22 relinquished command 13th Brigade
Career summary 31 1946-07-03 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.