No.2655 Private Samuel Philip Eddy
Samuel Philip Eddy Jnr was born on 19 March 1898 in Ballarat, Victoria. His father, Samuel, was 21 and his mother, Grace, was 19. He had four brothers and two sisters.
- William Clive - 1899-1970
- Richard Thomas - 1901-1954
- Albert George - 1904-1979
- Ethel Mavis - 1906-1992
- Olive Grace - 1912-2002
- Leslie James - 1915-1981
On his enlistment papers his Next of Kin was his mother, Grace Eddy and she lived at Werribee, Victoria. His father had enlisted on 5 February 1916 at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Samuel was a tailor like his father and they both had a shop in Station Street, Werribee.
Samuel enlisted into the Army at the age of 18 years 6 months at Melbourne, Victoria on 24 July 1916. Basic training was spent at Broadmeadows between July and early August 1916.
He sailed from Melbourne aboard the HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916, arriving in Plymouth, England 16 November 1916.
After training in the United Kingdom, he was sent to France in 14 June 1917 where he was officially taken on strength with the 59th Battalion. The 59th Battalion AIF was raised in Egypt in February 1916. Half of its complement came from veterans of the 7th Battalion and the other half were fresh recruits from Melbourne.
He was dogged by ill health during his military service. He was evacuated to England in October 1917 and after recuperation sent to signal school at Codford, Salisbury, England on 7 January 1918, the huge training and transiting camp for ANZACs on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.
He returned to France on 26 March 1918.
He became dangerously ill with bronchopneumonia in October 1918 and was again evacuated to England on 28 October 1918. He spent time in the Bath War Hospital.
He embarked for Melbourne on HT Plassy on 17 March 1919 and arrived on 30 April 1919. He was discharged from service on 28 July 1919.
He died in 1966 in his hometown at the age of 68.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal