Their bodies are buried in peace; but their names liveth for evermore.
Their Duty Done
A tribute to the men and women of the East Gippsland Region who Died as a result of their participation in World War One : 1914 - 1919
The Gunning family, Joseph and Eliza and their children John, Daisy, Edward, Percy and Frederick made Wy Yung their home where they farmed on their property. The children all attended school at Wy Yung and later ‘754’ and on completing his education Edward worked as a surveyor. On 21 December 1914, when he was 23 years old, he enlisted with the 1 st   Reinforcements 24 th  Battalion and found himself in the thick of the action at Gallipoli. On 1 September he was promoted to Sergeant. On 11 October the medics at Gallipoli transferred him to the 1 st  Australian Casualty Clearing Station with a foreign object in his left eye. This must have been rather serious as he was repatriated to Heliopolis for treatment to remove it and didn’t return to the fighting until 11 November. He convalesced at Helouan and Moascar Cap at Ismailia on the Suez Canal before returning to the peninsula. It was just 18 days later he was initially reported missing on 29 November and then killed in action and was eventually interred at Lone Pine cemetery. His brother John also enlisted and returned home safely. Edward Gunning is remembered on honour rolls at Bairnsdale, St John’s Church and Sarsfield. We have been unable to locate a photograph of Sergeant Edward Gunning, if you know of one, please make contact. Our group would appreciate your assistance.
1590 Sergeant Edward Gunning – Wy Yung Killed in Action 29 November 1915
….. surveying the enemy instead of the land