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Ernest Claude GITTOES

Regimental number2213
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address62 North Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 11"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Mary Croysdale, 62 North Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 7 months in the 3rd Imperial Bushmen's (New South South Wales) Contingent, South Africa.
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 5 August 1915.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 8 October, on charge of being absent without leave, 1600, 2 October, to Tattoo, 4 October 1915; pleaded Guilty; found Guilty: awarded 50 days' Field Punishment No 2; 14 days remitted.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Sarpi Camp, 28 October 1915 (jaundice); transferred to No 1 Canadian Stationary Hospital; to No 18 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 29 October 1915 (catarrh and jaundice); to Lowlands Casualty Clearing Station, 5 November 1915; discharged to A&NZ Base Depot, 29 November 1915; rejoined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Absent without leave from Tattoo, 5 March, till 2200, 7 March 1916: remanded for court martial, and automatically forfeited 2 days' pay.

Marched in to Australian Overseas Base, Ghezireh, under guard, 7 March 1916; discharged to unit under escort, 8 March 1916.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, Tel el Kebir, 14 March 1916, of 'When on Active Service absenting himself without leave in that he at Tel-el-Kebir was absent without leave from 2130, 5/3/16 until brought back under escort at 2200 7/3/16': awarded 35 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presumed Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GITTOES Ernest Claude

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