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Medals of the Month - July 2020

Medals awarded to 2140 Sergeant Edward Grey Curley.
L - R: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal.

1886. Born at Walgett in north-western NSW to Edward and Ellen Curley.

1890. Family moved to Newcastle where Curley attended Newcastle South Public School. After leaving school, Curley trained as a steel bridge mechanic assistant.

1908. Married Ada Cleary and lived at Hunter Street, Merewether, Newcastle.

1911. Became a foundation member of the Cooks Hill Life Saving and Surf Club, Newcastle on 11th April.

1915. Aged 29, enlisted at Newcastle on 11th May in the Australian Imperial Force and was posted to the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion (6th Reinforcements). Embarked at Sydney on HMAT Wandilla on 14th June for overseas war service.

Edward Grey Curley as a member of the Australian Imperial Force.

1915-1918. Captained the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion Rugby Union team for three years. Team undefeated.

Edward Grey Curley ready to play Rugby Union.

1915. Landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey on 2nd August. Evacuated to the Island of Lemnos in Greece with enteritis on 22nd August. Rejoined unit on 18th September.

1915. Battalion withdrew from Gallipoli Peninsula to Lemnos on 18th and 19th December.

1916. Appointed lance corporal shortly afterwards and on 15th June was made up to temporary corporal, in which rank he was confirmed on 16th August.

1916. Wounded in action (left hand) in the Pozières area, northern France on 10th August and evacuated to England.

1917. After recovering from his wounds, Curley went Absent Without Leave (AWL) for 23 days. Received 68 days forfeiture of pay. Rejoined his battalion training at Ribemont, northern France on 3rd May.

1917. Promoted to temporary sergeant on 4th July.

1917. Wounded in action (2nd occasion) (contusion or bruising of right foot) in the Ypres (Ieper) area, Belgium on 24th September and evacuated to a hospital at Rouen. Rejoined the battalion in Belgium on 24th October.

1918. Commanding Officer recommended Sergeant Curley on 9th July for an award for the following action...

On 4th July 1918, during the operation against VAIRE WOOD, East of Corbie, Corporal Curley was in-charge of a section on the first wave of the advance. Shortly after leaving the jumping off line his Platoon Commander and Sergeant became casualties. Curley then took charge of the Platoon and in a most gallant and capable manner led it to its objective. He ably superintended the consolidation and soon after, when subjected to intense shell fire, he set a most cheerful and inspiring example to the men under his command

1918. Killed in action at Morcourt, northern France on 8th August during the Third Battle of Amiens and was buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnières, northern France.

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