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Ernest Vivian HAWKING

Regimental number3641
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressElizabeth Street, Mooroopna, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Hawkin, Elizabeth Street, Mooroopna, Victoria
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Postal Corps
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations of 25th and 26th September at POLYGON WOOD this man displayed great coolness and devotion to duty in that he was on duty at a signal station at Battalion headquarters at BLACK WATCH CORNER which was continually heavily shelled. The station was in a tench which was blown in several times and on many occasions partially burying the 3 men on the station. He with the aid of 2 others stuck to the telephones and kept communication open. finally the position was blown out and it was necessary to move to the Pill Box where the work was carried on till the battalion was relieved. On one occasion, when there were no runners available, and telephone lines were broken he, accompanied by Private McRae carried a despatch to the forward Battalion Station and when returning laid a telephone wire and was successful in establishing telephonic communication again. This was done under heavy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death10 September 1953
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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