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Edgar John Thompson was born in Ballarat and was a Printer by trade when he enlisted in the 24th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement on 19 September 1916 at the age of 33. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916. He reached Plymouth, England, in late January 1917 and was transferred to the 24th Battalion. On Anzac Day 1917 he crossed from England to France. He was wounded in action on October 6th at Broodseinde in Belgium, when he sustained a slight gunshot wound to his face. He was hospitalised in France but able to rejoin his battalion on October 29th. In early 1918 he spent further time in hospital suffering from scabies but then managed to avoid injury or illness for the remainder of the war. He returned to Australia on the Chemnitz, disembarking at Melbourne on September 5th 1919.
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