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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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2nd Lieut Edward Gerrard Austin

  • Age: 31
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: Cheshire Regiment 17th Btn
  • Died on Wednesday 18th September 1918
  • Commemorated at: Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy

Edward Gerrard Austin was born 23/1/1887 in Liverpool. His father was William Austin.5 Bidstone Ave, Wallasey, Cheshire. Edward was educated at Liverpool Institute and Wallasey Grammar School. He was a partner in the family business E & W Austin, Contractors, Clarence Street, Liverpool. He was a Sunday School teacher at the Parish Church of Wallasey. A keen sportsman he was Captain of the Wallasey Hockey Club and a member of the Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club.

He enlisted in November 1914 having initially been refused entry to the 17th Bn on account of varicose veins. He subsequently had an operation to rectify the problem and subsequently joined the 17th Bn after showing such determination to enlist. He went to France in November 1915. He was severely wounded on 1/7/16. He was commissioned after recovery into the 5th Bn of the Cheshire Regiment on 28/8/17 and was sent to Egypt attached to the 2/24th Bn. London Reg. He served in Palestine until July, 1918 and eventually returned to France as 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Bn Cheshire Reg. He was killed in action on 18/9/18 during an attack on the village of Pezieres, A German machine gun opened up on the flank of the platoon, he called for volunteers and was killed rushing at the machine gun. He had only recently married on 01/9/1918 to Marguerite Elizabeth Mary Underwood, whose brother 23611 Pte.Eric Mowbray Underwood, served in the 20th Pals.