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Ernest Edward JOHNSON

Regimental number2402
Place of birthFeatherstone, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Address36 Collins Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinSo, F W Johnson, 36 Collins Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Italian Bronze Medal

Recommendation date: "11 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal )

Recommendation date: 24 May 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. whilst in charge of his mortar at MORLANCOURT near ALBERT on night of 18th/19th May, 1918 served his mortar under heavy Machine Gun fire and shell fire, in which he had to frequently expose himself to observe the shooting. His fine disregard to personal danger and skilful handling of his mortar enabled him to silence an enemy strong point and contributed to the success of our attack. Under heavy shell fire he subsequently mounted his mortar on S.O.S. lines to cover our advanced positions. This N.C.O. has previously done excellent work, notably at HANGARD.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Military Medal.

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