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Re: "The Wells of Old Beersheba"

From: Diggerdave
Date: 9/29/2001
Time: 11:11:38 AM
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Jack, the author was Edwin Gerard who used the pen name or pseudonym of 'Gerardy.' Gerard was born in South Australia in 1891 and enlisted in the AIF on 6th January 1915, being drafted into B Squadron of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 4th Light Horse Brigade, with the regimental number of 307. At time of enlistment his age was stated to be 23, occupation was stationhand, marital status was single, and address was stated to be Glentromie, New Koreia, West Australia. This was also the address stated by Gerardy for his next of kin, but I am of the opinion that he was living here in New South Wales at time of enlistment. Gerardy served on Gallipoli and in the Palestine campaign, returning to Australia in mid 1919, afterwards taking up farming in New South Wales. Gerardy contributed verse to the 'Bulletin' and was a major contributor to the AIF's 'Kia Ora Cooee' during 1918. His verses were published in 'The Road to Palestine' in 1918 and 'Light Horse Ballads and Rhymes' in 1919. He also wrote 'Riding Song', 'Lofty Lane', 'Battle Song' and 'Retrospect of Palestine' in December 1918. Hoping this is of assistance.

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