Edwin Joseph FULLER

Edwin Joseph FULLER

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4493), Edwin Joseph Fuller was born at Norwood, England. He gave his age as 21 years and 6 months, his marital status as single and his occupation as laborer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 3 7/8 inches tall, weight 9 stone 10 lbs., with a fair complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed that he had no previous military experience. He completed his medical on the 23rd October 1915 at Orange, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Orange on the 24th October 1915.

He was named as one of the recruits who joined the Coo-ees at Orange in the Leader.[1]

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Cresswell Hall, Easter Avenue, Kensington, Sydney, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his father, J. E. [John Edwin] Fuller, 6 Southdown Road, Stanley Road, Wallington, Surrey, England. (He had listed his posted address as “Orange” on his initial Application to Enlist in the Australian Imperial Force form addressed to the Recruiting Officer at Orange).

On 16th February 1916 Private Fuller was one of the first group of Coo-ees to embark overseas, and departed Sydney on the HMAT Ballarat A70 as 14th reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

HMAT Ballarat A70, 18/2/1916. Photograph from the AWM Collection PB0182.

HMAT Ballarat A70, 18/2/1916. Photograph from the AWM Collection PB0182.

During the voyage, Private Fuller was charged with being absent without leave from 0500 till 1900 on 8th March 1916 whilst at Colombo, Ceylon. He was fined 1 day’s pay.

The HMAT Ballarat A70 arrived in Egypt on 22nd March 1916. On 1st April 1916 Private Fuller was transferred to the 54th Battalion.

On 19th June 1916 Private Fuller left Alexandria aboard H.T. Caledonian bound for France. On 26th June 1916 whilst at sea he was charged with Slackness at Sentry Post. He was awarded 14 days Field Punishment Number 2. The HT Caledonian arrived at Marseilles on 29th June 1916.

On the 19th/20th July 1916 Private Fuller participated in the Battle of Fromelles. He survived the battle unscathed, however on 31st July 1916 he was sent to the 14th Field Ambulance suffering shell shock. On 2nd August he was moved back to a Casualty Clearing Station. He rejoined the 54th Battalion on 16th August 1916.

On 25th November 1916 Private Fuller was sent to the 14th Field Ambulance ill with Influenza. On 26th November 1916 he was moved back to the 38th Casualty Clearing Station. On 28th November 1916 he was placed aboard an Ambulance train and sent to the 5th General Hospital at Rouen, France, being admitted on 29th November 1916. On 8th December 1916 he was placed aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle at Le Harve and evacuated to England.

After he had recovered in England, on 16th January 1917 Private Fuller departed Folkestone, England, aboard the Transport Princess Clementine bound for France. On 17th January 1917 he arrived at the 5th Australian Division Base Depot at Etaples, France.

On 19th January 1917 Private Fuller was charged with being absent from medical parade after being duly warned for draft. He was awarded 4 days Field Punishment Number 2.

On 31st January 1917 Private Fuller was charged with being in Etaples without a pass. He was awarded 8 days Field Punishment Number 2.

On 8th February 1917 Private Fuller rejoined the 54th Battalion when it was manning the front line in the vicinity of Longueval, France.

On 30th April 1917 Private Fuller was sent to the 15th Field Ambulance sick with Influenza. He was admitted to the 5th Division Rest Station later that day. On 25th June 1917 he rejoined the 54th Battalion when it was conducting training at Warloy, France.

On 16th September 1917 Private Fuller was promoted to Lance Corporal.

On 20th September 1917 Lance Corporal Fuller went on leave to England. He rejoined the 54th Battalion on 4th October 1917.

Three weeks later on 23rd October 1917 Lance Corporal Fuller was wounded in action, being gassed. He was sent to the 8th Australian Field Ambulance. On 24th October 1917 he was moved back to the 5th Division Rest Station. He rejoined the 54th Battalion on 7th November 1917.

On 25th February 1918 Lance Corporal Fuller went to Paris on leave. He rejoined the 54th Battalion on 9th March 1918.

On 19th March 1918 Lance Corporal Fuller was sent to the 14th Field Ambulance suffering Scabies. He was sent to the 5th Australian Division Rest Station later that day, He rejoined the 54th Battalion on 23rd March 1918.

On 25th September 1918 Lance Corporal Fuller went on leave to England.

He returned from leave on 11th October 1918 and was transferred to the 56th Battalion.

On 9th April 1919 Lance Corporal Fuller marched into the Australian Base Depot at Le Harve, France, to commence his return to Australia. He departed France on 16th April 1919. He arrived at Weymouth, England on 17th April 1919 and marched into the Number 5 Group.

Lance Corporal Fuller departed Devonport, England, on 2nd June 1919 for return to Australia, aboard the H.T. Beltana. He arrived in Australia on 19th July 1919. He was discharged Termination of Enlistment on 12th September 1919.

[1] ‘The Recruits’, Leader, 25 October 1915, p. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117842599

 

 

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