Edward CAPEEN #4039

Indigenous Australian, Private Edward CAPEEN (Kapeen), 31st Infantry Battalion

Edward Capeen trained in Brisbane before embarking for overseas on board HMAT Boona in October 1916. He joined his unit in France in May 1917 where they were engaged in operations at Baupaume.

In September 1917 during the Battle of Polygon Wood, Edward Capeen was seriously wounded. They were camped at Chateau Segard and ordered to move out that evening at 9 pm. Under cover of darkness and an artillery barrage, his unit moved forward shooting or bayonetting any enemy who resisted, taking prisoners as they could along the way.

Through thick smoke and fog they found it almost impossible to make their objectives, but they pushed forward all that day alongside English troops. At dusk the Germans launched a strong counter attack which was broken by another barrage of artillery fire.

Many men were killed or wounded on this day, including Edward Capeen. He was evacuated to hospital in England with a gun shot wound to his left leg. After treatment he was repatriated home to Australia and medically discharged in July 1918. He returned to his family and married Dorothy Funnell in 1919.

The Kapeen family are well known for their sporting success, George Kapeen who also served, in the 1st Light Horse Regiment, was a well known boxer, and his nephew Eddie Kapeen played half back in representative rugby.

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My ancestors. Rest In Peace. LEST WE FORGET.

I would like to get his war medals or a photo. Not dure how to go about it. Can you please help

Hello, contact local RSL or the Australian War Memorial: www.awm.gov.au