The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Sullivan
First Name:
Edmund Herbert
Nick Name:
Eddie or Ed
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7563
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
29.05.1910
Place of Birth:
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Edmund Archer Sullivan
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Elsie Sullivan (nee Trend)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Tractor Driver
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 6, Age 31.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Hill 200, Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
12.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.

General Description

Pte E.H. Sullivan WX7583
Pte E.H. Sullivan WX7583

 

Pte E.H. Sullivan WX7583
Pte E.H. Sullivan WX7583

 

Sullivan E H

 

Eddie’s parents Edmund Archer Sullivan and Margaret Elsie Trend married Cottesloe in 1909.  Margaret ‘Elsie’ Trend was born Horsham, Victoria and died in 1989.  Edmund known as ‘Eddie’ Archer Sullivan was born Fitzroy, Victoria and he died 1966.

Eddie (Jnr) was the eldest of three surviving children and the Sullivan family resided in Cottesloe.  ‘Eddie’ Sullivan enlisted in WW1 in 1917, returning home in 1919.  Elsie took care of their three children while he was away.

In 1926 Elsie divorced her husband who at the time was an engineer working with the State Implement Works. The newspapers reported Eddie (Snr) changed after the war and began living a single life, referring to him as a ‘beach pirate’. Eddie was a member of Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club and spent much time at the beach.

At that time Eddie (Jnr) was 15 years old, and his siblings 14 and 10.  It would have been most distressing for the family, with details of the divorce written across the newspapers, particular those which printed sensational headlines to increase sales.

Eddie married in 1934 at Moora to Valentine ‘Val’ Synnot and in the following years they had two children, Allan and Gay. Allan Edmund Sullivan was born in 1935 at Dalwallinu Hospital.  Eddy and Val were residing at Ballidu.

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