Edward David Grimson

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Last known residence:
Frogmore, New South Wales, Australia

Army information

Australian Imperial Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 19th Bn. (New South Wales)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of death:
Death post-war (unrelated)

Cemetery or memorial

There is no known cemetery or memorial for this soldier.

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Edward David (Ted) Grimson was born on 15 September 1894 at Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia. He was the son of David and Martha Agnes Turner. Edward lived and worked on the family farm “Sunnyside” in Frogmore, New South Wales. On Saturday evening, 29 July 1916, he attended a gathering at Forest Creek organised as a farewell for men form the community that were going to enlist. Edward and others form the Frogmore area enlisted on 2 August 1916 at Goulburn, New South Wales. He embarked at Sidney on 25 October 1916 and disembarked in England on 25 October 1916. On 28 February 1917 he left England for France. As of 23 March 1917, Private Grimson was part of the 19th Battalion Australian infantry, part of the 5th Australian Brigade, of the 2nd Australian Division.

The 2nd Australian Division took part in multiple major battles in 1917. It fought in the Battle of the Menin Road on 20 September 1917, the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917 and the Battle of Poelkapelle on 9 October 1917. After these major battles, the division held the line on Broodseinde Ridge. In November 1917 it was transferred to the south to Flanders around town of Messines, later around Ploegsteert. This position was occupied until April 1918.

Private Grimson likely took part in these battles until he was hospitalised with illness on 25 October 1917. He re-joined the battalion on 13 November 1917. Edward survived the war and retuned to Australia on 19 June 1919. He married Sarah Frances Roberts in 1928 and lived on the family farm in Frogmore until it was sold in the late 1930’s. The family moved to Tara, Queensland, were Edward worked as a grazier. They moved back to Boorowa, New South Wales in the late latter half of the 1950’s. Edward David Grimson died here on 22 May 1958, aged 63.

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19th Infantry Battalion (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/36/20).
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19th Infantry Battalion (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/36/21).
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5th Infantry Brigade (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/5/27).
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5th Infantry Brigade (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/5/28).
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
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Photo of Reids Flats Rugby League Football club (1926), courtesy of Trevor John Faulkner.
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
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More information 1

The AIF Project (UNSW Canberra)