Edward, the son of William and Jane Chigwidden, was a twenty one year old Labourer living at Howell near Inverell when he enlisted in January 1916. He agreed to serve from 29 February and so became one of the Second Contingent of The Kurrajongs which departed Inverell that day. After arrival at the Armidale Camp, Edward became a member of the 33rd Battalion, B Company and sailed from Australia on the troopship Beltana in May.
Further training was undertaken at Salisbury Plain, England, prior to his Battalion being sent to France in November 1916. Edward was wounded in action in June the following year and again In October when he was evacuated to England for treatment. Three months later he was returned to his unit in France where he was wounded a third time in August 1918 and died the following day.
Private Edward Chigwidden was buried at 71 Vignacourt British Cemetery, France and his personal effects which included a wallet, notebook, leather cigarette case, brooch, and photos were returned to his sister Beatrice at Tingha. His name is recorded on the Tingha War Memorial.
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