Edgar Leslie Livermore

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Edgar Leslie Livermore
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Footscray, Victoria
Death 5 Jan 1951
Place of Death Nedlands
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 6 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 130 lbs
58.967 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Clerk
Religion Church of England
Address NOK: Cottesloe, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Miss M.A. Livermore
Military Information
Reg Number 552
Date of Enlistment 26 Aug 1914
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 3rd Battalion, D Company at Gallipoli, transferred to 55th Battalion / 14th Brigade, 5th Division
Date of Embarkation 20 Oct 1914 ‒ 3 Dec 1914
Ship Embarked On HMAT A14 Euripides
Date of Return 16 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A63 Karoola
Fate Wounded in Action 1 May 1915 at Gallipoli
Wounded in Action 22-25 Jul 1916 at Poziéres
Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Bedfordale panel)
Bedfordale Roll of Honour
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

An original member of C Company of the 3rd Battalion who enlisted while visiting NSW. His NOK (Sister) was in Cottesloe at the time of his enlistment. He travelled from Sydney with the first convoy, and served both at Gallipoli and in France, and was wounded in both theatres.

On 5 Apr 1915 he boarded the captured German transport HMT Derfflinger for Lemnos Island and the Gallipoli Peninsula. Landed at Anzac Cove between 5.30 and 8.30 am on 25 Apr 1915, and was wounded in the right shoulder between the 25th and the 28th April. Anecdotal evidence (The Drill of the Foothills) indicates he received his wound on 26 Apr 1915. [The unit's War Diary indicates casualties were 90 ORs wounded on 25th, 30 on 26th, and 60 between 27th and 28th.]

He was evacuated on 30 Apr 1915 aboard HMT Ionian to the 15th General Hospital in Alexandria, before being shipped on HMHS Marama to England where he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester on 16 May 1915.

On 15 Nov 1915 he embarked on HMT Olympic for transport to Lemnos, arriving on 22 Nov 1915, but he didn't disembark until 3 Dec 1915. He then rejoined his unit at Gallipoli on 7 Dec 1915.

He, along with all others were evacuated from Gallipoli within three weeks, arriving in Alexandria via Lemnos Island on 29 Dec 1915.

On 13 Feb 1916 he was transferred to the 55th Battalion, and the next day he was placed in isolation at the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, as he had been in contact with a meningitis patient. Edgar was released to his unit on 2 Mar 1916, and on 22 Mar 1916 he embarked on HMT Grampian for Marseilles, arriving there on 28 Mar 1916.

Wounded again in the attack on Pozieres (records only indicate between 22 and 27 Jul 1916), this time with a gundhot wound to his right elbow and forehead, he was treated by the 44th Casualty Clearing Station on 25 Jul 1916 and placed on Ambulance Train No 20 next day for the 9th General Hospital in Rouen, being admitted on 26 Jul 1916. From here he was evacuated on HMHS Marama from Le Havre on 29 Jul 1916 for England where he entered the 3rd Western General Hospital in Monmouth on the 30th before being released to convalesce in the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield from 13 Sep 1916 until 25 Oct 1916.

He was sent home to Australia for 'change' in October 1916.

"Enlisted 24 Aug 1914; went to Egypt 19 Oct 1914. Took part in the landing at Gallipoli and was wounded on the day following (26th). After receiving treatment in hospital in England he got back to the Dardanelles on 10 Nov 1915. Took part in the evacuation, and went with the troops to France 29 Mar 1916; was wounded, but remained on duty on 28 Apr 1916. Wounded again during the attack on Pozieres 25 Jul 1916, while carrying wounded men out of action. Returned to England, and invalided to Australia arriving 25 Nov 1916."[1]

Post War

Awarded a pension of 30/- per fortnight from 12 Jun 1917 when he was living in "Nattai" Marmion street, Cottesloe. In 1936 was contactable via Elder Smith & Co in Fremantle.

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 a clerk living at 48 Forrest street, Cottesloe; 1925 clerk with wife Gwendoline at 63 Rookwood street, Maylands (not married in WA); 1931 - 1943 a manager at 136 Forrest street Cottesloe; 1949 manager at 27 Thomas street, Nedlands.

Daughter Constance born in 1924, and son David Cantlon in 1928. David died on 1 Jul 1965 in Bridgetown.

In 1954 Gwendoline and Son David Cantlon are at 27 Thomas street, but in 1958 they have moved to 15 Vincent street, Nedlands, and in 1968 Gwendoline had moved to flat 5, 4 Scott street, South Perth. In 1980 she was at CWA, Sunshine Park, Brady road, Lesmurdie. Gwendoline died on 30 Aug 1983, aged 88 in Mosman Park.


HMT or RMS Olympic, a sister ship of the RMS Titanic was only converted to being a troop ship in Sep 1915 and was on duty in the Mediterranean from Nov 1915 till Feb 1916.

He is the only possible match for the name on the Bedfordale panel on the Armadale Monument. He is also on the local Bedfordale Honour Board. The Drill entry is accurate enough to confirm that this is the correct person


  1. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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