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MARSDEN Edgar John

Service number unknown

On the 7thJune 1917 Edgar married Muriel Alice Aldridge in England.

Edgar writes to Headquarters AIF.

“I beg to apply to resign my commission in the AIF to enable me to return to Australia.

1/ My mother is a widow supporting a son who is totally invalid.

2/ The death of my father shortly before the war left my mother alone to manage his estate. In which several interests are involved and 6 months ago she came to England to consult me as to the management of the family property, leaving her affairs in the hands of a stranger.

3/ I have one brother commanding a naval ship on service and another, a physician in England.

4/ I have held a military commission of 17 years and have served in the regular and military forces of Australia. I have served 2.5/12 years as Lieutenant in the AIF.

5/ I was recommended for promotion by General Whittingham of the Camel Corp in Egypt, and also promised promotion by General Cox in France, but as shown by the attached letter, I have not received it.

6/ I was operated on in London 15 months ago for a disability received on service in Egypt, and am at present on light duty after being “gassed” in Belgium.

7/ I am a married man.

I have the honour to ask this letter may receive favourable consideration.”

Edgar’s commission is terminated on the 8th July 1918. Returned to Australia on the 6th May 1920.

In 1924 Edgar is a farmer in Beaconsfield, Victoria.

The Argus (24th November 1927)

“Poor cows and poor prices for milk are what we are up against in Victoria said Mr Edgar John Marsden, dairy farmer of Beaconsfield, when giving evidence yesterday before the state parliamentary select committee which is inquiring into conditions in the dairy industry. Edgar later moved to Brighton, Victoria.”

Died on the 9th September 1957 at Repatriation General Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Buried at New Cheltenham Cemetery, Victoria.

Name MARSDEN, Edgar John
Service Number unknown
Rank Lieutenant
Roll 1 Divisional Ammunition Column Reinforcements 1-11 (December 1914-October 1915)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 27thSeptember 1915
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Hororata A20
Age 35 years
Birth Place 6thAugust 1880, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Father John Hudson Marsden, Mentone, Victoria
Mother Emily (Howard) Marsden
Religion Church of England
Occupation Artist Military Officer
Residence 56 Queen Street, Melbourne
Enlisted 6thSeptember 1915
Height unknown
Complexion unknown