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Karl Edgar

Captain. 5th Royal Fusiliers. Returned 9.5.1920. Wounded

143 James Street, Guildford, WA then 'Vernon', 11 Turton Street, Guildford, WA

Service Number SN / Appointment Captain
Age of Enlistment Age 24 years
Place of Enlistment To UK as a Rhodes Scholar.then enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers
Place of Birth Guildford, WA
Previous Military Experience Nil
Occupation Barrister /solicitor
Marital Status Single
Religion Church of England
School Attended Guildford Grammar School. Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University
Address History Market Street, Guildford, WA (Daily News 15.7.1914)

Military History

Embarked for England 1915.
Roll Rank Captain.
Roll Unit Served with 5th Royal Fusiliers (Traditionally the Regiment in which many Rhodes Scholars served).
Brockman was wounded in action on the Western Front, receiving severe head injuries (Reported West Australian Newspaper 21.6.1918) He suffered severe facial wounds (Drake Brockman, G. 1960). On recovery he was given a posting as a Staff appointment to Dover UK. (West Australian Newspaper 12.9.1917) Wife and infant son died from influenza in epidemic 28.2.1919. (West Australian Newspaper 10.5.1919).
Embarked UK. 'Euripides' for Australia
Returned/Disembarked Albany 9.5.1920.
Discharged NK.
Final Rank Captain, 5th Royal Fusiliers.
Medical Condition Wounded, facial wounds
Awards and Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal,( possibly others).

Notes Drake- Brockman won a Rhodes Scholar from Guildford Grammar School in 1910, he won a double first at Oxford and was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple. At the outbreak of war he was a practicing barrister and solicitor in Perth (West Australian Newspaper  12.9.1917) He returned to Australia after the War and was elected to a Federal Senate seat in 1920. he became a noted member of the judiciary and industrial tribunals in later life. The family lived at 143 James (Mangles St up to 1898 and moved to Turton St 1899- 1910) Their mother at 14 and 34 Market St after the war. Post War he resided with his mother at 14 Market St. Guildford. WA.

Information Source
West Australian Newspaper
Guildford Grammar School Honour Roll
Guildford War Memorial.
NAA: B884, 237596
Drake Brockman. G. ‘.Turning Wheel’. Paterson, Brokensha Pty. Ltd. Perth. WA 1960
Wise, H. and Co. Western Australian Post Office Directories

143 James St. Guildford.WA
11 Turton St. Guildford.WA (family Home)