Trio : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL. QSA with three clasps "CC, OFS, T" impressed 1153 SHG: STH: E. J. BISHOP VICTORIAN M.R. BWM and Victory Medal impressed 3303 A-SGT. E. J. BISHOP 5 PNR BN AIF.
Edward John Bishop’s Boer war service was with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles as the Farrier Corporal and all three clasps are confirmed on the roll.
Enlisted in WW1 and trained with the 44th and 48th Battalion prior to departing with the 5th Pioneer Battalion
Emb: 23rd December 1916
Taken on strength Pioneer training Bn 18th February 1917 before proceeding to France
WIA: 30th September 1917 (remained on duty) France
Gassed but as it was caused by mishap it is not classed as a wounding (14th May 1918) “Platoon marched into to Corbie 13.5.18 which had been gas-shelled. Billets cleared and gas proofed and men warned against gas. L/Cpl Bishop with others visited areas other than billet area, which has been badly gassed. Evacuated following day sore eyes” No disciplinary action was taken.
2nd WIA: 23rd July 1918 (remained on duty) France
RTA: 10th March 1919 and discharged 5th Military District Western Australia
A great letter in Sergeant Bishop’s records by his wife describes his service “my husband said they were turned out of the hospital before they were well enough to make room for other cases and had to do two days march about 26 miles & had only been out of bed a few days. This sort of treatment to our men, to me, lwei’s what we would only expect from the enemy.
I do not want you to get the impression that my husband is a milk of water man, he has been fighting in France for fifteen (15) months without any leave and although reported twice wounded he remained each time on duty and has only been out of the fighting line when gassed. He is now 45 years of age and fought 16 months in the South African Boer war without a day’s leave”
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