Edgar Walter Gale
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||10 May 1890|
|Place of Birth||Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England|
|Death||15 May 1974, aged 84|
|Place of Death||Busselton, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||51 years 11 months|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Carradine road, Armadale|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs. Ethel May Gale|
|Date of Enlistment||26 Apr 1942|
|Unit/Formation||3rd (Swan) VDC Battalion|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
|Medals||British War Medal|
On 12 Feb 1913 Edgar married Ethel May Stubbings (1893 - 10 Jun 1972) in Perth. Son Robert was born 14 Nov 1913 and died 2007, twin daughters Grace, and May on 22 Apr 1915. Both died in infancy. Son Edgar John was born 8 Sep 1916, died 1997; daughter Edna May on 1 Jul 1918, died 1920; son Hubert James born 12 Sep 1921, died 2011. Electoral Roll entries: 1915 - 1916 at Frobisher street, Osborne Park, gardener; 1925 at Forrest road, Armadale, dairyman; 1931 - 1937 at Carradine road, Armadale, dairyman;
On 26 Apr 1942 Edgar enlisted in the 3rd (Swan) VDC Battalion at Perth. On 25 Mar 1943 he was discharged as medically unfit.
discharged 25 Feb 1943
Electoral Roll entries: 1954 at Carradine road, Armadale, farmer; 1958 - 1972 at 34 Devonshire terrace, Armadale, retired.
Family record his dob as 1890 not 1892 as is in his military records. This is most likely as if he had declared he was over 50 it is unlikely that he would have been accepted for military service.
Edgar had served during WW1 from 24 Feb 1917 as 15420 Pte Gale, arriving in England in Jan 1918 aboard SS Canberra. As a member of the 4th Division Train, he appears to have remained in England before returning to Australia on the SS Konigin Luise. He was discharged on 27 Feb 1920.