John 'Jack' Hurst Edmondson, 19141941 (aged 26 years)

John 'Jack' Hurst /Edmondson/
Given names
John 'Jack' Hurst
Source: Jeff Robinson
Family with parents
Birth: April 3, 1883Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 27, 1958Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: June 8, 1885 49 43Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 28, 1961Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage MarriageJuly 17, 1912Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
Birth: October 8, 1914 31 29Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 14, 1941Tobruk, Libya
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War II Victoria Cross winner. Tony Stephens reports. When Australia's prime minister, Robert Menzies, read the declaration of war on September 3, 1939, Jack Edmondson immediately packed his gear for battle. His mother, Maude, asked what he would do in a tight place, say a bayonet charge. She said she hated the bayonet. "We all loathe it," he said, but "I know how to use it." Mother: "Jack, never any decorations." Son, seriously: "No, mother, I want to come back." On his last night at home, they had supper together and warmed themselves at the fire. He opened the piano, played the Maori Farewell, closed the piano, tidied the family books and went to bed. He sailed the next day on the Queen Mary. Maude Edmondson wrote in her diary on April 14, 1941: "I shall never forget today. It started off so badly with Ada trying to take me to the [Royal Easter] Show ... and to make it worse Stuffy [the cat] for some reason joined in. He came and simply howled then ran from room to room. I had to put him out." She wrote on April 18: "Nothing going right yet ... went to the doctor ... he did nothing ... fighting terrific in Greece and North Africa not so good. I dread the casualty lists

"Account in the Herald of heavy fighting and much use of bayonet at Tobruk. Also gives an account of a charge in which a lieutenant and corporal took prominent parts on Easter Sunday night. Of course no names ... but I know the corporal is Jack ... I know also that all is not well with Jack. It was wet all day and Stuffy hasn't turned up yet." On April 25, Anzac Day, Maude Edmondson rose early and made two rich fruitcakes for Jack. She packed one in a tin and filled the empty spaces with chocolates. "I am feeling afraid of something," she wrote. "Had a couple of brandies ..." On April 26, Maude Edmondson received a telegram from the army minister, Percy Spender: "It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that NX15705 Corporal John Hurst Edmondson was killed in action on the 14th April ..." Jack Edmondson had died on the day his mother had already said was so bad she would never forget it, the day Stuffy ran away. He died after an act of "outstanding resolution and leadership and conspicuous bravery" that won him a Victoria Cross, Australia's first of World War II.