John Edward (Jack) Edney

jack-edneyName   John Edward (Jack) Edney

Number    Private 2625A

Battalion      59th  Battalion  

Place of Birth   Rochford near Lancefield 

Next of Kin   His father, Alfred Edward Edney of Leongatha

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 19/7/1915

Physical details on enlistment Age 23 years 2 months 5’5” 10 stone 4 pounds, light brown eyes and light brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Grocer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action on the 19/7/1916 at Fleirbaix, Fromelles

Location of grave or memorial

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Memorial at VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial Fromelles

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was a member of the Edney family of Leongatha

Military History

  • He was a past student of Leongatha State School
  • He was a senior cadet for 2 years
  • 19/7/15 He enlisted
  • He was first in the 58th Battalion and then the 59th
  • 29/2/16 He joined his first unit at Tel el Kebir Egypt
  • 18/3/16 He transferred to 59th
  • 18/5/16 He embarked Alexandria on the Kinfauns Castle
  • 29/5/15 He disembarked Marseilles
  • 29/8/17 There was an inquiry into death

Presumed buried in no mans land grid given for Hazebrock Sheet


Pte Edney was in my section of the 59th Battalion Grenadiers. He went out with us on the 19th of July 1916. A shell burst close to us and I am fairly sure he was blown to pieces through a piece of shell exploding the grenades in his bag. Pte Chapman could give more conclusive evidence on the matter.

Dated at Verne Citadel on this 18th Day of August 1917

Signed Lance Corporal H S Critten

Statement made and signed before me Lt. M McGregor

Note a statement written by Pte. Chapman at Weymouth 28/8/17

  • Page 25 of his file has a letter from Jack’s father
  • His will is on page 30 of his file. It is a very interesting will signed by Herbert Hyland and he had an insurance policy
  • His father applied for a death certificate so they can apply for probate and apply for the insurance

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