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Ernest George GRIMSTON

Regimental number1911
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressEmerson Street, Goulburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Peter Grimston, Emerson Street, Goulburn, New South Wales
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (4 years); 43rd Infantry (2 years)
Enlistment date5 February 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work at Mont St.Quentin on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateDied of wounds 24 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialBirmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery (B10. 420), Warwickshire
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Goulburn General Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: Peter and Emily GRIMSTON, Emmerson Street, Garfield, Goulburn, New South Wales. Photo: Peter Dennis. Commemorated on Goulburn District Railway Employees Honor Roll, Goulburn Railway Station. Photo: Tim Rozitis

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'In the attack on Mont St. Quentin, on 31 August, 1918, his sergeant having located a machine gun, the two decided to attack the post. They worked amongst buildings to within 15 yards, and rushed the gun. Although the sergeant was immediately killed Corporal Grimston reached the post, wounded the two occupants, and captured the gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 23 June 1916; admitted to Ship's Isolation Hospital, 7 August 1916 (venereal disease); disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1916, and marched into 14th Training Bn, no date stated.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury, 27 August 1916 (venereal disease); transferred to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 1 September 1916; to Parkhouse Hospital, 18 November 1916; discharged, 6 January 1917; marched into 14th Training Bn, Hurcott, 7 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease (including ship board treatment): 153 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 14 March 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 4 April 1917; taken on strength of 19th Bn, in the field, 5 April 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 23 February 1918; rejoined unit, 11 March 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 4 August 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 24 August 1918.

Promoted Lance Sergeant, 4 September 1918.

To Bde NCOs' School, 8 September 1918; rejoined unit, 27 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 3 October 1918; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 October 1918, and transferred to No 53 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gunshot wound, head); to Ambulance Train, 4 October 1918; to No 72 General Hospital, Trouville, 4 October 1918; to England, 14 October 1918; to 2/1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 16 October 1918 (dangerously ill).

Died, 2/1 Southern General Hospital, 24 October 1918 (pneumonia).

Buried, Lodge Hill Cemetery, 28 October 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRIMSTON Ernest George

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