Monday, 20 June 2016

Private Edward James King (Edmund James AhKing)

Born Edmund James AH KING in 1889 at Wirrumbirchip, (now known as Birchip) Victoria, Australia.
The seventh of eleven children (fourth son) of Thomas AH KING and my great great grand aunt Euphemia MASON.
He married Caroline PENNY in 1911.  They had no children
Private Edward James KING, of Warracknabeal, Vic enlisted in the 22nd Battalion on 1 March 1915 and was killed in action on 5 August 1916 at Pozieres in France.

Edward's father on his war graves information is given as John Henry KING but John (Jack) was his older brother.  Perhaps Edward's wife Caroline got the names confused as she was next of kin and most likely gave the details.
Edward's eldest sister Margaret had married William CLOVER in 1894.  Margaret had died in 1914 and her youngest son Leslie Vernon CLOVER (born 1911) was recorded in Edward's service record as applying for his war pension.  This was declined as Leslie was not "a dependent as defined by the act"  I'm not sure why Leslie, or more likely his father William acting for him, applied for the pension when Edward had a wife.

private edward james king
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Studio portrait of 1155 Private (Pte) Edward James KING, 22nd Battalion, of Warracknabeal, Vic. Pte KING enlisted on 1 March 1915 and was killed in action on 5 August 1916 at Pozieres in France. His brother, 727 Trooper David Alexander King, 3rd Australian Battalion Imperial Camel Corps, died of wounds on 29 April 1917 in Egypt.
Australian War Memorial DA08427

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  1. They have an error in the father's name?

  2. Thanks Pauleen, I should have mentioned that in the post, will do an update. John Henry KING is his older brother. Not sure who supplied the information. Perhaps Edward's wife got confused. As I mentioned in his brother's post, the family were split up. They are quite confusing to research.

  3. When Edward and Carrie married on their wedding certificate he listed his father's name as John Henry King, so that is why she would have submitted that information to the War Graves Commission, if that is indeed the case.