Edgar Mark

First Name: 
Edgar
Last Name: 
Mark
Mother's Name: 
Mary Mark nee Power
Father's Name: 
William Mark
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, July 11, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Edgar Mark (Service No 2403) was born in Wollongong in 1891 and attended Dapto Public School.  Edgar was member of the Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club,and in 1914 he was involved in a surf rescue at Wollongong.

At enlistment, Edgar was single, 24 years old, and worked as a clerk with the NSW railways.  He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A75 Ballarat with 20th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement on 6th September 1915. His National Archives of Australia (NAA) file is unclear about when he arrived in Egypt or if he was sent to Gallipoli.

Edgar arrived in France on 25th March 1916.  On 5th August 1916, Edgar was leaving the trenches in the Pozieres area when he was wounded.  He was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his shoulder. He returned to his unit in Belgium on 25th June 1917.

Edgar saw service on the Western Front until the end of the war.  During the war he wrote many colourful letters home which were reported in the local papers.

He was returned to Australia in March 1919 and discharged from the AIF on 2nd July 1919.

He returned to work on the railways and was sent to Lithgow where he married Isabella Carroll on 18th February 1922.

Edgar's service is commemorated on the Dapto Public School Honour Roll along with his brother Charles.

Edgar died in 1977.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MARK EDGAR

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