Driver Edward Joseph Fahey
St Patrick’s Catholic School Roll of Honour
Born: 1894 - Pakenham, Victoria Enlisted: 4 May 1915 aged 21
Unit: 22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement (SERN: 1671A) Served: Egypt, Gallipoli & Western Front
Died: 27 May 1955 - Hobart Tasmania
The second Fahey brother to enlist was Edward, who like his older brother William had attended St Patrick’s School as a child. When he enlisted in May 1915, Edward was aged 21 and working as a grocer in Melbourne. He was initially allocated to the 2nd Reinforcement 22nd Battalion at Seymour Army Camp. He embarked from Australia in July 1915 and subsequently served at Gallipoli, where he contracted influenza in October 1915. Edward’s condition developed into pneumonia and he was hospitalised in Malta for a period. In January 1916 Edward was transferred back to Egypt, where he served briefly in the Anzac Police Corps. In Egypt he contracted malaria after which he was sent to England. In September 1916 Edward joined the 21st Battalion in France. At the time, the Battle of the Somme was raging on the Western Front and the 21st Battalion had suffered significant losses at Mouquet Farm. Amongst them was Edward’s brother William, who was wounded in both arms. In December 1916, Edward was invalided to England suffering from trench feet, a condition caused by the wet, muddy conditions in the trenches. He spent much of 1917 in England. On 20 April 1918, Edward was wounded in action and evacuated to England again. By the time he rejoined his unit in France, the Armistice had already been signed. Edward returned to Australia in May 1919 and was discharged from the Army in August (1).
After the War, Edward initially settled back in Melbourne, and worked as a lift attendant. During the 1920s and early 1930s, he was living at Abbotsford with his wife Daisy whom he had married in 1922. Edward and Daisy raised a family together. Later, Edward worked as a caretaker for T&G (Temperance & General - a large insurance company) in Geelong and then at their Hobart office. Edward died in Hobart in 1955 (2).
(1) NAA B2455 FAHEY, E J
(2) Narre Warren & District Family History Group (2016), p. 40