Like many of his contemporaries Eric (by then an orchardist) signed up 28 December 1915, he served in No. 10 platoon, C Company of the 45th Battalion AIF, as Private no. 5044.
We have some of Eric’s postcards back to my grandmother Ada, including those beautiful French embroidered ones, they were clearly very fond of each other.
There was a court case in December 1917 which could not decide Eric’s fate. Another case held in March 1918 in part included the following evidence and concluded killed in action:
Miss Ada I King is listed as his other next of kin on the Australian War Memorial file. Eric is also memorialized on the Galston War Memorial.
So Eric will always be remembered. I am sure this story is similar to many other families, whose children and grandchildren are named after those who have gone before.