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Edmondson Park

Edmondson Park was officially gazetted on 7 April 1972.  It is shared between the Liverpool and Campbelltown Local Government Areas. The name was first proposed by the Geographical Names Board of NSW in 1969.

Ingleburn Military Precinct, Edmondson Park, 1945

Ingleburn Military Precinct, Edmondson Park, 1945

John Edmondson (1914-1941)

John Hurst Edmondson is commemorated by the suburb of Edmondson Park. Although born in Wagga Wagga, the Edmondson family later lived near the Crossroads, on a property called Forest Home, near the area now known as Edmondson Park. John attended Austral School and later, Hurlstone Agricultural High School, then worked on his family’s property before enlisting in the Army at the outbreak of World War II.

Due to his actions at Tobruk in Libya, where he lost his own life saving the life of his commanding officer, John Edmondson was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The Australian War Memorial records the incident:

“In April 1941 German infantry breached the defences at Tobruk, establishing machine-guns, mortars, and field-guns….A seven-man section, including Edmondson, charged the position. Although wounded in the neck and stomach, Edmondson continued to advance under heavy fire, killing one German with his bayonet…He later killed another two Germans, saving the life of his platoon commander, but he succumbed to his wounds soon after the German attack was defeated. His citation noted that Edmondson's actions during the operation "were outstanding for resolution, leadership and conspicuous bravery".

Corporal John Edmondson was the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War II. He is buried at the Tobruk War Cemetery.

The John Edmondson VC Memorial Club in Liverpool and John Edmondson High School in Horningsea Park are also named in his honour.

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