Lance Corporal Edward Hunt Paten
Edward Hunt Paten was born on 08-05-1895, the youngest son of Jesse and Eliza Hunt Paten, of Walton, Ashgrove (now known as The Gap), Brisbane.
Edward Hunt Paten and his brotherJesse Hunt Paten both attempted to enlist on the same day. Edward was born in 1896 and so needed his father’s permission. Jesse was older but was invalided out due to illness and did not serve overseas, much to his chagrin. The fate of his younger brother haunted him for years afterwards; Edward Hunt Paten was tragically killed in action near Ploegstreet 15 July 1917 aged 21 years. His sister Eunice, stationed in the No. 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall made repeated requests for information via the Red Cross as to the fate of her younger brother.
For more detail about the Paten family visit The Gap Historical Society.
Last Rank: Lance Corporal Edward Hunt Paten
Enlisted: 13 December 1915, enlisted at Brisbane
Last Unit: 49th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
Death: Killed in Action, 15 July 1917, (aged 21) Ploegsteert, Belgium, Western Front
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Cemetery: No known grave – “Known Unto God”
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), The Gap War Memorial
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