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Ernest Stanley LEWIS

Regimental number621
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationButcher
AddressHayward Avenue, Torrensville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, T Lewis, Lockleys, South Australia
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'(Bullecourt 6-9 May 1917) Leadership and splendid example while in temporary command of Coy., also personal courage.'
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

FateDied of wounds 2 October 1917
Place of burialBirr Cross Roads Cemetery (Plot IV, Row E, Grave No. 6), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
59
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all his officers had been killed he took charge of his company during a heavy hostile attack, and displayed qualities of leadership and courage that were beyond praise. He personally and at great risk, under heavy fire, dug out two men who had been buried by a shell in their trench, and thereby saving their lives. His splendid example had a wonderful effect upon the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

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