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Edward Victor


39th Battalion

Killed In Action (KIA) Killed In Action

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Populus Simonii
  • Planted By: Mr. J. Patterson
  • Plaque: 2088

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Edward Victor (aka GILES) enlisted on 5th February 1916, stating that his surname was Victor. The deceit was not discovered until after his death. He was 28 years old, a bachelor employed as a bioscope operator. He was born in Carlton and enlisted from Blackburn. He was allocated to the 39th Infantry Battalion, with Regimental No. 617. On 27th December 1917 he died of wounds incurred at Passchendaele, and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for æconspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on the enemy's trenches. He was sent forward to find a gap in the enemy's wire, and to return and act as guide to the raiding party. He found the gap, but was wounded in the knee on the way back, and was unable to move. He remained in "No Man's Land" during the barrage, and, when the party advanced, refused to be moved until he had seen them through the gap. His splendid courage and devotion to duty were a magnificent example to his comrades.'
Tree No. 2088

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour