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Munro, Eric James Garfield

* 12305 Gunner 21st Field Artillery Brigade.

Born at Armadale Victoria, Presbyterian. Enlisted 1 November 1915 age 24, salesman. Nok mother, Annie Caskie Munro  of Grange St Osborne, (he current division puts Grange St in Claremont). Embarked at Melbourne 28 January 1916 per A32 Themistocles. Served in  France in 1917. When his  two brothers were killed he was, ‘for family reasons’, withdrawn to England for training courses at Woolwich. With two sons dead, the army was determined one would now return home. Howevr, on 16 February 1918 a German bomb dropped on the building where he was and he was killed. Service medals: BWM and VM. Eric Monro’s  file provides the details of the well attended burial service on 21 February 1918 at Brookwood Cemetery. Brookwood; grave No. 180892 in the Australian Military Ground. Chaplain Rev W. F.  Shannon of AIF HQ  London officiated and Munro’s family was  represented by London based D.W. McMurdie Esq. of Messres Goode Durant & Co. Perth.  “The above named deceased was accorded a full Military Funeral. Band, Bugler and Firing Party were supplied by the South African Regiment. Major C.G McNeish of the Royal Horse Artillery, Woolwich Depot and Commandant of the School of Instruction were present. Lieuts L.A. Hearne and A.Todd of the School of Instruction were also present. The coffin [of polished elm] was draped with the Union Jack and covered with six beautiful wreaths …and was borne to the grave by six bearers from the South African Regiment. In addition to the the above, there were two members of R.B.A.A. Heytesbury present, viz. Sgt Hunter and Gunner Pettit, who were friends of the above named deceased, also 20 Australians from the School of Instruction Woolwich.