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Sutherland, Edwin Boyett (Eddie) (1890–1916)

Edwin Boyett Sutherland, c 1916 photographer unknown

Edwin Boyett Sutherland, c 1916 photographer unknown

Winner (Melbourne), 15 November 1916, p 8

The deepest sorrow was expressed on all sides in Kyneton on Thursday morning when it became known, that Archdeacon Bishop had received a wire from the Defence Department announcing that Lieut. Eddie Sutherland, elder son of Mr and Mrs T. W. Sutherland, of Mollison street, Kyneton, had been killed in action in France on September 22, just one month after he had gained his lieutenancy. Lieut. Sutherland was born in Kyneton, where his parents have resided from childhood. He was widely known and greatly beloved. His honorable military career has been watched with the keenest interest not only by his relatives but by the whole district. and his death is regarded, as that of Captain Fred Ward and all our district soldiers who have fallen in the fight, as a distinct loss to the community, though there are none who do not share the feeling that the whole district is ennobled by the fact that so many Kyneton boys have been ready to take the risk of death that they might do their part in this war for righteousness.

Lieut. Sutherland was educated at Kyneton College, and then entered the Kyneton branch of the Savings' Bank and soon was promoted to the head office, Melbourne, later being sent to the branch at Malvern from whence he enlisted at the beginning of the war. and went out as a private. He was present at the landing and was wounded at Gallipoli, where he was made a corporal. After convalescing in England, he returned to Gallipoli and rose through to rank of sergeant, company sergeant-major to second lieutenant. After the evacuation he went to France, and there, as previously stated, on August he was promoted to 1st lieutenant.

Lieutenant Sutherland was a fine sportsman, golfer, cricketer, footballer and tennis player, and there is no doubt that he carried his sportsman like attributes into his military life. The bereaved relatives must feel comfort in the thought that they alone do not mourn the death of their son, the community also grieves that he has gone; but their deepest comfort must come from the knowledge so beautifully expressed by the Rev. Henry Howard in his address on Conscription which is on the fourth page of this s issue, that "They need not mourn as dead those whose sacred dust rested within sound of the Aegean Sea, by the slopes of the Yosges, in the Valley of the Somme, or where the whispering night winds stirred the forests of Ardennes. These were not dead. They were the immortals over whom death had no more power."' Lieut. Sutherland's younger brother, Geoffrey, is on active service.

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'Sutherland, Edwin Boyett (Eddie) (1890–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/sutherland-edwin-boyett-eddie-24202/text32981, accessed 25 September 2017.

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