LEST WE FORGET

Second Lieutenant Charles Robert EDSON 

Service No: 8854
Born: York SA, 3 November 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 11 May 1915
Unit: 22nd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at Boisdinghem
Died: Wounds, Belgium, 17 August 1917, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Dozingem Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Anthony George and Emmeline Mary Edson, of Denning St., Hawthorn, South Australia
Place of Association: Hawthorn SA
Remembered: Panel 110, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Second Lieutenant Edson, an Observer, died of wounds received in action while on an offensive patrol.  He was wounded during aerial combat in a Bristol Fighter 2B* aircraft flown by Lieutenant Marcus Walford Turner RFC who was also wounded but landed the aircraft.

* The RAF Casualty Card identifies the aircraft as a Nieuport Scout, a single-seat aircraft.  22nd Squadron did not operate this aircraft type in 1917.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, EDSON C R
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/968 page 178, AIR 1/970 page 4, 84937, 84938

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