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Eric William Wren (1888–1941)

The death has occurred in Melbourne of Major Eric William Gregg Wren, historian of the 3rd Battalion, A.I.F. Major Wren enlisted in 1914 as a private, and left Australia as a corporal. After the landing of his battalion at Gallipoli he was promoted to sergeant, and held his commission in the attack on Lone Pine. After the evacuation he was promoted to captain, and was in charge of "C" Company during the Somme offensive. In the attack on Pozieres he lost an arm, and was later appointed second in command of Training Battalion. He was decorated with the Croix de Guerre.

After his return from active service Major Wren resumed his duties with the New South Wales Government Railways, and until recently was staff superintendent of the stores branch. Two weeks ago he was appointed Major in the Ordnance Branch, and was transferred to Melbourne last week.

Major Wren was chairman of the 2nd/4th Battalion Comforts Fund, past vice-president of the Limbless Soldiers' Association, and was connected with many sporting bodies. He was the historian of the 3rd Battalion, and wrote Randwick to Hargicourt. He is survived by Mrs. Wren and two sons, the elder of whom is now serving abroad.

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July, 1888
Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia


June, 1941 (aged 52)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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