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Ernest Joseph BATTYE

Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
SchoolPulteney Street School and Muirden College, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressOsmond Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Mary Battye, Osmond Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Previous military serviceSergeant Major, Signal Company Militia Forces; and Lieutenant in Citizen Forces
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name10th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 14 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Artillery
FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingRoisel, Somme, France
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialRoisel Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row H, Grave No. 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Mary Elizabeth BATTYE, 25 Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 3 January 1916; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan (date unknown); discharged to Training Bn, 24 January 1916.

Proceeded to join 50th Bn, 26 February 1916; taken on strength, 50th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 29 February 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 17 March 1916.

Transferred to 4th Divisional Field Artillery, Tel-el-Kebir, 21 March 1916; taken on strength, 111th Battery, 24th Howitzer Brigade, 22 March 1916.

Transferred to Brigade Ammunition Column, Serapeum, 18 April 1916.

Transferred to Artillery Training Depot, 23 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 15 June 1916.

Transferred to 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, Etaples, 9 August 1916.

Transferred to 4th Divisional Trench Mortar Battery, 12 August 1916.

Transferred to 4th Divisional Field Artillery, 28 August 1916.

Temporarily attached to Trench Mortar School, Berthen, 16 September 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 28 May 1917; admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 29 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left shoulder, back of head, left ear); embarked for England, 31 May 1917; admitted to Kitchener War Hospiral, Brighton, 1 June 1917; transferred to Cobham Hall, 24 July 1917; to Fort Pitt, Chatham, 5 August 1917; discharged, 18 September 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, 18 September 1917; marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 21 September 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, 22 September 1917; marched out to Details Camp, Parkhouse, 26 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 March 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 4 March 1918; marched out to 4th Divisional Artillery, 5 March 1918; taken on strength, 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 8 March 1918.

Transferred to 11th Field Artillery Brigade, 22 July 1918; taken on strength, 43rd Battery, 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 22 July 1918.

Detached to 4th Army Artillery School, 23 August 1918; rejoined unit, 13 September 1918.

Killed in action, France, 29 September 1918 (he was hit through the heart by a piece of high explosive shell while supervising work at the gun line. Death was instantaneous).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BATTYE Ernest Joseph

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