A century on from the end of World War I we acknowledge their service …
Lest we forget.
Driver Edgar Reginald Huckson
Born: 20 October 1895 Tylden. Died: 26 May 1959 East Melbourne.
Enlisted: 7 April 1915 aged 19.
Served: Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Front.
Edgar was a son of Annie and Alexander Grant Huckson. From the early 1900s, the family farmed in the Pakenham district, becoming “well-known and widely esteemed residents” before moving to Devon Meadows.
Ted, as Edgar was known in the family, attended Pakenham State School from 1902 with his older sisters Florence and Bessie.
After leaving school, Ted worked for a time with the Victorian Railways, but was a bread carter when he enlisted on 7 April 1915, aged just 19.
Ted served at Gallipoli, where he was wounded in the knee and face by a shell explosion, partly buried in rubble, with only his legs protruding.
He was sent to the Western Front and served as a motorcycle despatch rider.
In 1917 and 1918, Ted was admitted to hospital several times with various medical issues, including heart problems.
He returned to Australia in May 1919. He later became a foundry manager at the Huckson’s Diecasting complex in Springvale, which was established by his brother Henry and became an industry leader in its field.
He was a keen fisherman and shooter and never married.
This is an extract from Patrick Ferry’s book A Century After The Guns Fell Silent – Remembering the Pakenham District’s WWI Diggers 1914-18.
For more details on this and other profiles in the book, head to the website www.pakenhamww1.com