Orlando Edwards

Edwards-OrlandoName   Orlando Edwards

Number    Private 5681

Battalion      5th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Melbourne 

Next of Kin   His mother Mrs. Catherine Edwards of Honiton Hill Meeniyan

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 14/2/1916

Physical details on enlistment   Age 21 years, 5’4”, 9 stone, blue eyes and light brown hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Pozieres on 18/8/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the Memorial at Villers Bretonneux

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He and his family lived in Meeniyan at Honiton Hill 

Military History

Orlando was adopted at the age of 18 months by his aunt Catherine Edwards after the death of his parents. His brother Frank Martin met up with him for the first time since he was adopted in France where they were both serving. Orlando was killed 2 weeks later. Frank died of wounds a week after Orlando

  • He is on the Meeniyan Honour Roll
  • 28/5/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 4/6/16 He disembarked in Marseilles
  • 30/7/16 He joined his battalion
  • Catherine received his medals and plaque in the 20s
  • His effects were 2 wallets 11 coins 2 metal medals, photos, letters and keys
  • 22/8/1919 Catherine asked for a death certificate
  • His real name was Walter Frederick Martin and he was adopted at the age of 18 months by his aunt

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