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Percy John Edwards was born in Ballarat and was a Painter by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement on the 25th of January 1916 at the age of 29. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916. In late July he joined the 8th Battalion in France. A month later, on August 18th, he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to the head. He was hospitalised in France but was able to rejoin his battalion. Through 1917 he had some minor illnesses, but on August 24th 1918 he was again wounded in action. He was gassed and was evacuated to the Graylingwell Military Hospital in England where he saw out the remaining months of the war. He returned home on the Ceramic and disembarked at Melbourne on March 23rd 1919.
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