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Edwin Thomas John Kerby was born in Ballarat and was an Electrical Engineer by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement as a Captain on 11 November 1914 at the age of 26. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916. On May 29th 1915 he was wounded in action, suffering a shrapnel wound to his right lung. He was evacuated to hospital at Alexandria where it was decided he was unfit to resume active service and that he should be sent home for further recuperation. He returned to Australia in January 1916 on the Star of Victoria. Six months later on July 28th he again embarked on the Themistocles, having presumably recovered. On October 1st 1917 he was accidentally wounded in an incident on the bomb (grenade) throwing range when an explosion severely damaged his left eye. Despite his desire to serve in France, a Medical Board determined that the loss of vision in one eye, added to ongoing problems related to his previous lung injury, had rendered him permanently unfit for active service. Consequently he was returned to Australia on the Orontes in late 1918.
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