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Ernest Phillip Alston DELO

Regimental number4697
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionBaptist
OccupationMoulder
Address110A George Street, Henley Park, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs Helena Annie Delo, 110A George Street, Henley Park, South Australia
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (two entries)


Recommendation date: 19 June 1918

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
110
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operation South of MORLANCOURT on the night 10/11th June, 1918, this man acted as stretcher bearer. He worked most tirelessly, and regardless of personal risk, carrying wounded to the R.A.P. under most trying circumstances. The carry back was more than a mile, and he worked for 5 hours mostly under an enemy barrage of shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7960 Gunner John Alfred Alston DELO, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 14 January 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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