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Eric HERRING

Regimental number3316
Place of birthWellington, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressGore Street, Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinUncle, David Roughley, Gore Street, Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the afternoon of the 28th January, 1917, whilst the 113th Howitzer Battery was being heavily shelled with 8S shells, the communication to Group Headquarters became cut. Gunner HERRING at great personal risk readily and voluntarily left his shelter three times to mend breaks in the wire, succeeding in maintaining communication with Group Headquarters at a critical time, and under heavy shell fire. This Gunner has on previous occasions, principally whilst his Battery was in FLERS, performed similar courageous acts.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 8 December 1915 (mumps); discharged to unit, 22 December 1915.

Transferred to 53rd Bn, 16 February 1916; taken on strength, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 16 February 1916.

Transferred to 5th Division, Australian Field Artillery, 26 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 25th Howitzer Brigade, and posted to 113th Battery, 26 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Transferred to 13th Field Artillery Brigade, 9 July 1916; taken on strength, 9 July 1916.

Admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, 7 February 1917 (septic feet); transferred to Ambulance Train No 11, 21 February 1917; to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, France, 21 February 1917; embarked for England on board HS ‘Cambria’, 25 February 1917; admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital, London, 25 February 1917 (foot ulcer and slight frost bite); discharged on furlough, 11 April 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 26 April 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, 27 April 1917.

Marched out from No 1 Command Depot for Larkhill, 9 June 1917; marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Larkhill, 9 June 1917.

Found guilty whilst at Larkhill, 18 July 1917, of failing to appear at the place of parade appointed by this Commanding Officer, 15 July 1917: awarded 7 days’ Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 November 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, France, 18 November 1917; marched out to 5th Division Artillery, 21 November 1917; rejoined unit, 26 November 1917.

Detached for duty with 5th Division Trench Mortar Brigade, 7 February 1918; rejoined unit, 4 March 1918.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, France, 6 November 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to 41st Stationary Hospital, 6 November 1918 (influenza); to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 8 November 1918; to 1st USA Presbyterian General Hospital, Etretat, 6 December 1918 (broncho pneumonia); embarked for England, 6 December 1918; admitted to Endell Street Military Hospital, London, 7 December 1918 (slight broncho pneumonia); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 December 1918; discharged on furlough, 19 December 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 2 January 1919; marched into No 4 Command Depot, 2 January 1919.

Appointed temporary Corporal, 24 April 1919.

Appointed Extra Regimental Corporal, 1 May 1919.

Detached from Camp Staff and marched out for return to Australia, 29 July 1919; marched into No 2 Group, 30 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT ‘Anchises’, 22 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 13 October 1919; discharged, 12 December 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 September 1958
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium
SourcesNAA: B2455, HERRING Eric

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