JOHN ED­MOND­SON

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

Born: 8 Oc­to­ber 1914, Wagga Wagga, NSW Died: 14 April 1941, To­bruk, Libya Rank: Cor­po­ral Unit: 2/17th Bat­tal­ion, Aus­tralian Im­pe­rial Force Cam­paign: WWII

ED­MOND­SON AND HIS bat­tal­ion were part of Al­lied de­fences at To­bruk, un­der siege from Ger­man and Ital­ian forces. Ger­man sol­diers were aim­ing to push through and at­tack To­bruk. As dark­ness fell, 30 in­fil­trated and the Aus­tralians were forced to de­fend. Pla­toon com­man­der Lieu­tenant Austin Mack­ell led Ed­mond­son’s five-man sec­tion to face them, armed with ri­fles, bay­o­nets and grenades. The Ger­mans fired with ma­chine guns and Ed­mond­son was se­ri­ously wounded. Mack­ell or­dered his men to charge and, de­spite his in­juries, Ed­mond­son killed sev­eral Ger­man sol­diers, sav­ing Mack­ell’s life. Ed­mond­son, how­ever, died on 14 April 1941.

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