Edward RYAN #476

Indigenous Australian, Edward RYAN, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion.

Edward enlisted in Brisbane in July 1916, age 22 and was selected to serve as a gunner with the 7th Reinforcements for the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion and trained at Lytton just out of Brisbane.

The reinforcements embarked aboard the troopship Ulysses from Melbourne in October 1916 and arrived in England very late in December where they were encamped at Perham Downs, Salisbury. Within a few short weeks Ryan was admitted to hospital with mumps but soon afterward rejoined his fellow recruits, as they moved to Durrington Camp before proceeding to France in June.

Private Ryan was wounded in action in October 1917 and was evacuated to hospital in England. He spent several months recuperating in England and in June 1918 married Kathleen Wellspring. Shortly after he was returned to his unit in France and remained overseas until March 1919.

Edward and Kathleen Ryan returned to Australia together on board the troopship Katoomba in September 1919 where he was discharged.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump

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