DRIVER EDWARD ALBERT FOLLINGTON
AUSTRALIAN FIELD ARTILLERY
26TH FEBRUARY 1917 AGE 29
BURIED: GUARDS' CEMETERY LESBOEUFS, FRANCE
Edward Albert Follington was one of David and Jane Follington's seven children. The family came from Augathella, a small settlement based round a watering hole in Queensland, where Edward worked as a labourer.
The inscription was chosen by one of Edward's brothers, Charles, but I can't work out who Nell was. Charles and Albert's two sisters were called Florence May and Mary Jane, and Charles' wife was called Mary. Perhaps Nell was a 'special friend'.
The family instituted an Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau search, which revealed that Edward and two other drivers had been killed by a shell, which burst beside them on the road where they were loading ammunition for the guns. The three of them were hastily buried close by, but after the war their bodies were exhumed and re-buried in the Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him