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Number: Private 5119

Battalion: 21st Battalion

Place of Birth: Buln Buln

Next of Kin: His father, James Barrett of Nerrena

Date and place of enlistment: Leongatha 16/2/1916

Physical details on enlistment: Age 22 years 4 months,
5'10", 11stone, grey eyes and brown hair

Religion: Methodist

Occupation: farmer

Date and place of death: He died of wounds to the thigh
at the hospital in Rouen. He received these wounds at
Mont St Quentin on the 18/9/1918

Location of grave or memorial: He was buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen

Relationship to Woorayl Shire: He was from Nerrena

Decorations: Distinguished Conduct Medal DCM

Military History:

16/2/16 He enlisted in Leongatha
3/7/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Ayrshire
2/9/16 He arrived in Plymouth 2/9/16
4/12/16 He went to France via Folkstone on S S Princess Victoria
30/12/16 He joined his battalion
19/1/17 He had trench feet and went to Rouen
21/1/17 He went to England with trench feet
22/1/17 He went to North Hampton Hospital
12/3/17 He had a furlough from hospital
6/5/17 He transferred to the 66th Battalion
10/8/17 He was discharged from hospital
10/9/17 He went back to France
3/10/17 He joined his Battalion
27/10/17 He was sick in hospital
27/11/17 He was awarded a DCM at Aranell
In January 1918 he was ill with bronchitis
7/9/18 He was wounded in the thigh
8/9/18 He died of wounds
He was buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen
In February 1922 his father asked for his general medals and asked for the mothers or widows badge
* His effects were;- 1 fountain pen, 1 metal watch, 2 knives, 1 pipe, 2 wallets, 1 combined note book and note case, 1 YMCA wallet, 1 note book, letters, cards, photos, 1 chain, 1 purse, 1 religious book

In his will he left everything to his father
His DCM Citation

�For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying messages for forty-eight hours continuously to the front line under the heaviest fire. On another occasion, he gained the foremost position won by the battalion, and inflicted many casualties on the enemy with his rifle. Later he volunteered to bring back information, and successfully got through, though it seemed certain death.�
Source: �Commonwealth Gazette� No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918


BARRETT, Edwin Isaac DCM

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