This is Lachlan King of the Wakehurst U13s and Warringah representative player 3 years running. This is an impressive achievement in its own right for someone so young, but this year he was also awarded the prestigious “Eddy” award at the Warringah Rats Junior Rugby Union presentation day. Previously given only at a senior level, was this year introduced for juniors, and is awarded to the player in each age group that demonstrated the following attributes at the State Championships:
– Calmness under pressure
– Putting his team first
Congratulations Lachie! All of us at Wakehurst are very proud of your achievements, you have a bright future ahead of you!
The award is named after Corporal Edmonson and this is Eddy’s story…
“Jack Edmondson (1914-1941) was born in Wagga Wagga, later moving to Liverpool where he worked on his parents’ farm. After service in the militia, he enlisted in the AIF and was promoted to corporal soon afterwards. He embarked for the Middle East with his battalion in October 1940 and trained in Palestine.
In April 1941 German infantry breached the defences at Tobruk, establishing machine-guns, mortars, and field-guns. A seven-man section, including Edmondson, charged the position. Although wounded in the neck and stomach, Edmondson continued to advance under heavy fire, saving the life of his platoon commander. But he succumbed to his wounds soon after the German attack was defeated. His citation noted that Edmondson’s actions during the operation “were outstanding for resolution, leadership and conspicuous bravery”. Corporal Edmonson was awarded Australia’s first VC, posthumously.”