Dewhirst, Air Mechanic Class I Edward Bertram (723)

No 3 Sqn AFC

Edward Dewhirst came from Port Augusta, South Australia and was a Draughtsman aged 27 when he joined No 2 Sqn AFC in Adelaide on 27 June 1916. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. On arrival in the UK he was sent on a course for aeroplane fitters in Edinburgh before moving to France with No 69 (Australian) Sqn in August 1917.

He was killed in action by long range artillery fire at Abeele aerodrome on 23 March 1918 when the Officers’ Quarters were struck by a German shell.

AMI E B Dewhirst is buried in Grave II B 31 at Outtersteene Cemetery, France.

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