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.