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Birtwistle LSL PH055 WW2 Militia Uniform
|Date of Birth||c1890|
|Place of Birth||Swindon, Wiltshire, England|
|Death||4 Oct 1965, aged 75|
|Place of Death||Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||26 years, 1 month|
5' 9" (1.75m) tall ; 145 lbs|
65.771 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||William street, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Annie Ruth Bailey|
|Date of Enlistment||27 Mar 1916|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement, A Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||9 Aug 1916 ‒ 24 Sep 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A28 Miltiades Fremantle to Plymouth|
|Date of Return||1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Somali|
Returned to Australia |
Remained in Australia ww2
Armadale War Memorial (Armadale panel) |
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
British War Medal |
Married Annie Ruth Stevens in Perth on 13 Oct 1913. On 3 Sep 1914 a daughter, (Ruth G) was born while he was working at Armadale Brick Works. On 23 Jul 1916 the second daughter (Joyce E.) was born. Had originally enlisted on 12 Mar 1915, but at own request was discharged on 23 Mar 1915, with the payment of £1 for expenses incurred.
In the 1916 Electoral Roll he was listed as a farm hand living in Prospect road, Armadale.
A fortnight after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Edward was allocated to the 11th Battalion's 19th reinforcement draft. He was one of seven men with ties to the local area who are aboard HMAT A28 Miltiades when it left Fremantle, the others being: Richard Beattie and William Lamplough Ullyott who were in the same draft of reinforcements to the 11th Battalion; William Francis Cohn (16th Battalion); Thomas Hesketh and John Waldegrave Packer (44th Battalion); and Macalister Adair Blain (51st Battalion).
Following more than 2 months in the 3rd Training Battalion at Perham Downs in southern England he boarded HMT Princess Victoria on 4 Dec 1916 at Folkestone, and entered France the next day. Edward joined the 11th Battalion on 24 Feb 1917 near Bazentin Le Petit where they were providing working parties in support of the front line troops.
It would appear he spent the rest of 1917 with the battalion before being hospitalised with illness (boils). Treated first by the Battalion's medical staff, on 14 Apr 1918 he was transferred to the 14th Australian Field Ambulance, and later the same day to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station who placed him aboard Ambulance Train No. 32 for the 39th Stationary Hospital where he was admitted on 15 Apr 1918.
There are no entries in his records covering the period 15 Apr 1918 until 21 Sep 1918 when he was again in need of medical treatment and admitted to the 51st Casualty Clearing Station. Discharged to duty on 30 Sep 1918 he rejoined his battalion on 2 Oct 1918. On 29 Dec 1918 he was granted leave to the UK from 3 - 17 Jan 1919 after which he rejoined the battalion. On 24 Apr 1919 it was his turn to embark in Le Havre for Southampton and to begin the voyage home. Discharged by the 5th Military District on 22 Aug 1919.
"Enlisted 27th March, 1916, and sailed with the 19th reinforcements of the 11th Battalion 9th August, 1916. Now in England"
In the 1920 Post Office Directory he was in Armadale and described as a labourer. 1925 to 1963 electoral rolls showed him as a labourer living in Fifth road, Armadale. With wife Annie Ruth, he celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary on Thursday 13 Oct 1938. Annie pre-deceased him, dying on 20 Jun 1963 aged 75.
World War 2
In early 1941 he enlisted in the Militia and again went to Backboy Hill camp for training for WW2 Garrison Battalion duties. When discharged in 1943 he was with the 29th Garrison Battalion.
- "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia.