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  • Edwin HEYWARD

    Peter Epps
    • Regimental Number: TX1690

    Edwin enlisted on 29 May 1940 and posted to 16th Battery, 2/8th Army Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery on 30 May 1940. He embarked for the Middle East aboard HMT "STRATHMORE" on 16 Nov 1940, was appointed Lance Bombardier on 1 Feb 1941 and transferred to 2nd Echelon, Head Quarters, 1st Australian Corps, Intelligence Section on 6 Apr 1941. Revert to Gunner on 1 Apr 1941 and Appointed Lance Corporal on 23 Apr 1941. He was promoted Corporal on 18 Jan 1942 and returned to Australia aboard "ANDES" on 18 Feb 1942. Posted to Norther Territory Force Signals on 16 Jun 1942 and appointed Lieutenant on 30 Aug 1942.

    Edwin embarked for Timor aboard HMAS "KALGOORLIE" on 12 Aug 1942 and joined the 2/2nd on Timor as a Lieutenant in the Signals and Cypher Unit sent from Australia after contact was made with “WINNIE THE WAR WINNER”.

    He was Mentioned in Despatches in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 271/1943 for his distinguished service on Timor.

    After the campaign on Timor, he returned to Australia on 10 Jan 1943. He transferred to Cipher Product Section and was discharged on 13 Nov 1944.

    He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.


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    Edited by Peter Epps


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