Fam­ily unites to hon­our rel­a­tive

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

As the world com­mem­o­rates 100 years of Ar­mistice in the lead up to Re­mem­brance Day on Sun­day, a Man­jimup fam­ily came to­gether at the week­end to re­mem­ber a rel­a­tive who died in a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal just over a month be­fore the end of World War I.

The ex­tended Ed­wards fam­ily came to­gether in Man­jimup on Satur­day to re­mem­ber and cel­e­brate the life of Sgt David Ed­wards.

Sgt Ed­wards served in the 44th Bat­tal­ion and died on Oc­to­ber 19, 1918.

His great-grand niece Robyn Turner wrote a book about Sgt Ed­wards and pre­sented it to her fam­ily at the re­union.

“It was my idea to hold the event, I wouldn’t have minded if two or 22 peo­ple came along, but we have 35,” she said.

Mrs Turner said the rea­son for writ­ing the book was to give all Sgt Ed­wards’ descen­dants an un­der­stand­ing of who their rel­a­tive was and deepen their grat­i­tude for his ser­vice in WWI.

“He gave his life sac­ri­fi­cially along­side ap­prox­i­mately 62,000 Aus­tralians who also died on the bat­tle­fields of Turkey, Europe and Africa,” she said.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Sgt David Ed­wards’ descen­dants Ta­nia Bur­ford, Norma Moloney, Ge­off Ed­wards and Robyn Turner came to­gether at the week­end to re­mem­ber a rel­a­tive who died in a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in Oc­to­ber 1918.

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