Edward Wells

First Name: 
Edward
Last Name: 
Wells
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, April 3, 1883
Mother's Name: 
Hannah Wells nee Wilmott
Father's Name: 
Phoenix Wells
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, June 5, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Gunner
Rank at Discharge: 
Gunner
Unit: 
Siege Artilley Brigade
Company: 
55th Battery
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, September 25, 1939
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

Edward Wells (Service No 268) was born in Gerringong, N.S.W.  In 1906 he married Emily Lipsey and they had one son when Edward volunteered for service.

At enlistment with the AIF, Edward was 31 years old, worked as a farmer, and lived at Kiama, N.S.W.  At this time, Edward was still serving with the Australian Garrison Artillery, which he had joined on 23rd February 1904. 

Edward embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A67 Orsova with Siege Artillery Brigade on 17th July 1915.  He arrived in France on 27th February 1916.

He was wounded in action on 16th March 1916 and treated for gun shot wounds to his shoulder and left thigh.  He returned to duty on 1st April 1916 but was admitted to hospital on 12th April 1916 with a hand injury.  While in hospital he was deemed unfit for further active service and returned to Australia in September 1916.

Edward was discharged from the AIF due to heart disease, on 14th January 1917, but he qualified for a war pension. 

Edward died in Sydney in 1939.

His brother John Wells (Service No 335 & 2186) was killed in action at Passchendaele on 4th October 1917.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WELLS EDWARD

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