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Edward Arthur Corden
Rifleman - Service Number 26/739

Edwin Arthur Corden was the son of Robert Corden. He was working in Te Aroha as a teamster when he enlisted on the 12th of October, 1915. Edward served as a rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in the 4th Battalion, 3rd Company. Like many, he travelled first to Egypt, arriving in March 1916. He went with his unit to France and in July 1916 records show he was sent to the 7th General Hospital.
He returned to his unit and took part in a major attack on the Somme in September 1916 in the attack on Flers at the Switch trench. His unit was following up the 2nd Otago Battalion attacking Flers trench and village. So successful had they been that their left flank was exposed and so the 4th Battalion spent the 15th and 16th of September in digging a defensive trench back towards Flag Lane. The 16th found the Battalion back in Flers Trench, facing heavy machine gun fire, artillery bombardment and counter-attacks. Edward was wounded in the abdomen and was taken to the XV Corp Dressing Station where he died on the 17th of September, 1917. His death is recorded in the Dartmoor cemetery, Becordel-Bel France.