EDWARD VINCENT HEINRICH
Edward Vincent Heinrich Reg. No. 493 was born at Rocky gully near Murray Bridge, South Australia. He was just twenty one when he enlisted into the 43rd Infantry Battalion. His next of kin was stated as c/o Mrs. Mary Colwill, Murray Park, South Australia. Prior to enlisting he had served in the citizen’s military force for 1 year. The date of his enlistment was 2nd February 1916, and on the 9th June 1916 he sailed for France. HMAT Afric A19 was the ship that carried him to the battle front.
In October 1917 he was wounded in action in a mustard gas attack. Also in October 1917 he was able to give an eyewitness account of the death of a fellow 43rd Infantry Battalion soldier. The soldier’s mother had requested the Red Cross, in Adelaide, to find any information they could on her son’s fate. Edward V. Heinrich was able to confirm his death by a shell wound to the face. After treatment in England, Edward was returned to Australia via HMAT Euripides. He was discharged after having served 3 years 141 days of which 2 years 311 days had been served abroad.
After his death a headstone was erected in the Centennial Park Cemetery, Derrick Garden of Remembrance.
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 22 December 1917 p 38
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