Edward Ashton Torrens (Terry) KIRBY
Year of Birth: 1892
Place of Birth: Thursday Island, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 5 October 1914, Townsville, Queensland
Date and Place of Embarkation: 22 December 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Ship: HMAT Ceramic A40
Rank: Lance Corporal
Unit(s): 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
Regimental Number: 710
Died: 2 May 1915 – Gallipoli
E Company 15th Battalion – Edward Ashton Kirby, top row, 5th from left – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial
Edward Ashton Terry Kirby was born in Thursday Island on the 26 September 1892 to John Terry Kirby and Elsie Edwards, he had one brother and one sister, Robert Stanley born 1896 and Ethel Elizabeth Elsie 1891. His mother, Elsie, died in 1907 and his father John Terry in 1933.
Edward was a member of the Cairns Rifle Club.
Prior to his service in the 15th Battalion, Edward served in the A.N.&M.E.F, Far North Queensland Kennedy Regiment, known as the Dirty 500. Members of the Dirty 500, including Edward, landed on Thursday Island on 16 August 1914 from the troopship “Kanowna”, to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. An incident on board the “Kanowna” involving the firemen forced the immediate return of the troops to Townsville on 18 August 1914; Edward was discharged the same day.
On his enlistment in Townsville his age was 23, occupation a Butcher and his next of kin was his sister Mrs. A. S. Fraser, Strand Hotel, Cairns. His height was 5 feet 10 inches, weighed 140 pounds with medium complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His religion was Church of England.
On board the HMAT Ceramic A40, Edward was found playing cards (Euchre) 3 times, he was “warned and continued day to day”.
Edward Ashton Kirby was reported as wounded on 2 May 1915 then killed in action 2 May 1916 at Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey. He was buried in Quinn’s Post Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.
HMAT Ceramic A40 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial
The First Expeditionary Force: the Thursday Island Expedition: a collection of reference documents. Denis Bird, 2015 [CDFHS Library]
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