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EDGOOSE, Herbert Leslie

Male 1916 - 1988  (72 years)


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  • Name EDGOOSE, Herbert Leslie 
    Born 27 May 1916  St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 453 
    _UID E788C5CD0F81459487EB004AC5579D13F239 
    Buried 1988  Springvale, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Nov 1988  Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I453  Edgoose
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Elmitt Jesse,   b. 20 Apr 1881, Leopold, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1952, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother BEYER, Ethel Matilda,   b. 9 Jun 1884, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1970, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1911  Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BOOTE, Verna Ethel,   b. 16 Nov 1921, Smithton, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1985, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 13 Jan 1942  Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. EDGOOSE, Alan John,   b. 1 Jul 1944, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 2013, Monash, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. EDGOOSE, Lois Patricia,   b. 15 Oct 1948, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1974, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Edgoose ElmittJesseEdgoose 450 118.jpg
    ELMITT JESSE EDGOOSE (1881-1952) CIRCA 1932

    with his wife ETHEL MATILDA EDGOOSE nee BEYER (1884-1970) and sons

    VERNON ELMITT EDGOOSE (1911-1994) and

    Herbert LESLIE EDGOOSE (1916-1988)

    Newspapers and Books
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    Edgoose HerbertLeslieEdgoose 453 965.jpg
    HERBERT LESLIE EDGOOSE 1916-1988

    The Japs bombed Darwin on the three nights before he left for 7 days at home.

    From the Dandenong Journal 30 September 1942
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    Edgoose HerbertLeslieEdgoose 453 991.jpg
    HERBERT LESLIE EDGOOSE (1916-1988)

    "Local Boy in Honoured Squadron

    The RAAF Squadron of which Flight-Sgt. Herb Edgoose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgoose, of Sleeth avenue, Dandenong, is one of two that have been cited by President Roosevelt."

    (The Dandenong Journal, 24 February 1943. WITH THE BOYS IN UNIFORM - Trove)

  • Notes 
    • HERBERT LESLIE EDGOOSE 1916-1988


      Herbert Leslie EDGOOSE was born at St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia, on 27 May 1916, son of Elmitt Jesse and Ethel Matilda EDGOOSE. Elmitt Jesse EDGOOSE had married Ethel Matilda BEYER in 1910.

      From the 1937 Electoral Roll of Morwell, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia:
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie

      From the 1939 Electoral Roll of Elgin Street, Morwell, Victoria, Australia (abbreviations expanded):
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie, clerk

      "Morwell Fire Brigade.
      Presentations at Station
      On Monday evening last, members of the Morwell Fire Brigade met in the station for a dual purpose.
      Captain LOBLEY stated they were losing Fireman H. EDGOOSE, who had been transferred to Melbourne. Whilst a member of the Fire Brigade he had been a keen and enthusiastic worker and would be greatly missed by the members, who held him in the highest esteem. They did not want him to leave without taking a momento (sic) to remind him of the Morwell Fire Brigade.
      Capt. LOBLEY presented Fireman EDGOOSE with a leather-bound writing case."
      (Morwell Advertiser, 4 May 1939)
      (www.trove.nla.gov.au)

      "Gone to the City.
      Mr. H. L. EDGOOSE, who has been on the staff of the Morwell branch of the State Savings Bank, left on Monday for his new position in the Melbourne office. Mr. W. McRoberts succeeds him in the Morwell office."
      (Morwell Advertiser (Morwell, Victoria, Australia), 11 May 1939)
      (www.trove.nla.gov.au)

      He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force at Melbourne, Victoria, on 3 February 1941. His service number was 401424.

      He married Verna Ethel BOOTE at Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, on 13 January 1942.

      From the 1942 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, Flinders, Victoria, Australia:
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel

      "MR. AND MRS. EDGOOSE received a pleasant surprise over the week-end when their son, Flight-Sergeant Heerbert EDGOODR telephoned from Wagga to say that he would be home on leave on the Monday. Looking a bit leaner after his stay in the tropics (he is attached to the North-West Sector as an air-gunner) he arrived on Monday for 7 days at home. He flew as far as Wagga and then came on by train. The Japs bombed Darwin on the three nights before he left. It is a wonderful sight to see the 'planes coming over in perfect formation in the moonlight, Herb declares. The crews of his flight have been having a busy time and it is only a week or so ago that he was in a plane which hit a Jap ship over near the Tanimber Islands."
      (The Dandenong Journal, Page 1 Personals -Trove, 30 September 1942)

      "Edgoose Family are "Fighters"
      Two first cousins from Victoria are serving with R.A.A.F. squadrons in war zones as far apart as the Arctic and Timor. Pilot Officer Thomas A. EDGOOSE, formerly of Surrey Hills is with the Australian squadron in Russia co-operating with the Soviet Air Force and Navy in keeping open the vital Murmansk convoy route. Flight Sergeant Herbert L. EDGOOSE, of Dandenong (and at one time a clerk in the State Savings Bank at Morwell and a prominent baller in the Morwell team) took part in one of the biggests raids yet made on Japanese occupied bases in Timor when tons of bombs were showered down on Dilli and Bobonaro. Members of the EDGOOSE family (says "The Herald") have achieved a rare record during this war and the last, six having fought with the R.A.A.F., the Navy and the A.I.F."
      (Morwell Advertiser, 19 November 1942)
      (www.trove.nla.gov.au)

      530th RAAF Squadron: Radio Opr: EDGOOSE, Herbert L., 408424 (RAAF), Lister's Crew (71A), PAR1, S0271, 380BG, 27 Sep 44, W/O, /, /, F/O

      "Local Boy In Honoured Squadron
      The RAAF SQUADRON of which Flight-Sgt. Herb EDGOOSE, son of Mr. and Mrs. EDGOOSE, of Sleeth avenue, Dandenong, belongs, is one of two that have been cited by President Roosevelt, on General MacArthur's recommendation, for courage and efficiency in operations. The citations reads [sic]:
      "Operating from bases in North-Western Australia this squadron, equipped with aeroplanes highly vulnerable to enemy fighter planes, made repeated attacks on enemy shipping, aerodromes, troops, and installations on and near Timor, Amboina, and other islands in the Banda Sea, inflicting heavy damage to enemy material, and causing numerous casualties. It successfully maintained continuous long range reconnaissance over water north-west of Australia. Courage of its members in combat and high morale of this unit under hazardous combat situations contributed greatly to success of operations in the area."
      (The Dandenong Journal, Page 2 With the Boys in Uniform - Trove, 24 February 1943)

      His son Alan John EDGOOSE was born on 1 July 1944.

      He held the rank of Flying Officer 23 Squadron (Leyburn Qld) at discharge on 17 December 1945 (www.ww2roll.gov.au).

      After the war he resumed work for the State Savings Bank of Victoria. He became a bank manager.

      From the 1946 Electoral Roll of 20 Close Street in the Subdivision of Dandenong (abbreviations expanded):
      *EDGOSE (sic) Herbert Leslie, bank clerk.
      (Note: He was actually listed at 1 Sleeth Avenue, Dandenong, with his parents Elmitt Jesse and Ethel Matilda whose names are immediately above his in the list, but this is possibly a misprint).
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel, home duties

      His daughter Lois Patricia EDGOOSE was born on 15 October 1948. She died in 1974.

      From the 1949 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, La Trobe, Victoria, Australia:
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie
      EDGOOSE, Verna Ethel

      From the 1954 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, La Trobe, Victoria, Australia:
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel

      From the 1963 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, Bruce, Victoria, Australia (abreviations expanded):
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie, 47 Clow street, bank clerk
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel, 47 Clow street, home duties

      In 1967 he was living at 47 Clow Street, Noble Park, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia.

      From the 1967 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, Bruce, Victoria, Australia:
      EDGOOSE, Herbert Leslie
      Verna Ethel

      From the 1968 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, Holt, Victoria Australia (abbreviations expanded):
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie, 47 Clow street, bank clerk
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel, 47 Clow street, home duties

      From the 1972 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, Holt, Victoria, Australia (abbreviations expanded):
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie, 47 Clow Street, Dandenong 3175, bank clerk
      EDGOSE Verna Ethel, 47 Clow Street, Dandenong 3175, home duties
      EDGOOSE Alan John, 47 Clow Street, Dandenong 3175, carpenter
      EDGOOSE Lois Patricia, 47 Clow Street, Dandenong 3175, clerk

      From the 1977 Electoral Rolls of Dandenong, Chelsea, Victoria, Australia (abbreviations expanded):
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel

      From the 1980 Electoral Roll of Dandenong, Holt, Victoria, Australia (abbreviations expanded):
      *EDGOOSE Herbert Leslie
      EDGOOSE Verna Ethel

      He died at Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, on 23 November 1988 aged 72.

      The memorial plaque in Springvale Botanical Cemetery reads as follows:
      IN LOVING MEMORY OF
      HERBERT LESLIE
      EDGOOSE
      PASSED AWAY 23RD NOV. 1988
      AGED 72 YEARS
      BELOVED HUSBAND OF VERNA
      LOVED FATHER OF
      ALAN AND LOIS
      TREASURED MEMORIES
      (Billion Graves)


      (revised 29.09.2017)