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Driver Ross Worthington Edols

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Service No.:
1160
Unit:
2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
Tree No.:
N103
Planted by:
L M Dugdale
Image of plaque on tree N103 for Ross Edols
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Ross was born in Mungundi, NSW(2) in 1895 to James Livingston Edols(1) - died 1901 - and Charlotte Worthington Lees. In 1921 he married Alice Violet Shortt in Sydney, NSW. They had two children. Ross had an uncle, Richard Edols, who had property at Staughton Vale or Balliang, VIC.

portrait
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courtesy of
Sue McCall, granddaughter

Ross was a grazier when he enlisted at Bendigo, VIC in the AIF, 6th Reinforcements, 13th Light Horse Regiment on the 2nd of August 1915, aged just under 20. Prior to enlisting he had served six years in the Senior Cadets. Ross embarked aboard the SS Hawkes Bay in late October.

After disembarking in Egypt, Ross was admitted to hospital in mid February 1916 suffering from mumps. He transferred to the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column in March and not long after embarked for Marseilles, France. In October that year he developed appendicitis and spent three weeks in hospital in Boulogne, France. He was granted three weeks leave in 1917 and again in 1918 before he was hospitalised with influenza in June 1918 for six weeks.

Ross returned to England in late January 1919 and embarked for home aboard the Tras os Montes in April, returning to Australia in late May and was discharged from the AIF in August.

After the war Ross was in Rutherglen, VIC then moved to NSW in the 1930s. He died at Pennant Hills, NSW in 1978, aged 82.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh. He is also listed on the Roll of Honour in the Kerang New Times 17 Nov 1916.

Notes

  1. James' uncle, John Edols, was a wealthy property owner at Mt. Darriwell near Ballan, VIC. - Camperdown Chronicle 16 Apr 1889
  2. Mungundi actually straddles the border between NSW and QLD.

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Last updated by lee, Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:35:51