14th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
11/04/1917 (Killed in Action)
Edwin Johnston Irwin was the son of Andrew and Lucy Irwin. Edwin was born about 1892 in Stilloga, Eglish, Co Tyrone. His father was a farmer. By 1911, Edwin’s father had died. Edwin served a 4 year apprenticeship with a drapers company, Fulton and Co, Belfast. Edwin J Irwin then emigrated to Australia. Edwin enlisted on 7th July 1915 in Melbourne with the Australian Infantry. Previously, he had been working as a salesman. Private Edwin Johnston Irwin was killed in action on 11th April 1917 in France. He was 25 years old.
Villers-Bretonneux is a village 16 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St Quentin. Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery is about 2 kilometres north of the village on the east side of the road to Fouilloy. This memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.