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Ivor Thomas LING

Regimental number2864
Place of birthSnape, Suffolk, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoundary rider
Address'Albion Cottage', Snape, Suffolk, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Deborah Ling, Albion Cottage, Snape, Suffolk, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Essex Yeomanry and Metropolitan Police, England.
Enlistment date19 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name5th Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 28 February 1917

Bar to MM

Recommendation date: 24 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 6 November 1918

Military Medal

'On the 27th February 1917 at about 12-30 p.m. word was received at LE SARS A.D.S. that two men were lying wounded in an exposed position on the BAPAUME ROAD. Sergeant I. LING, Lance Corporal A. BAILEY, Private C. CATT and Private A. COE at once proceeded to locate these men. This was accomplished after a most dangerous and difficult search at about 800 yards from LE SARS A.D.S., two men of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion, attached to the V 2 A.T.M. Battery being found. No 361 bomber DODD H. was lying on the side of the road with shell wound in left thigh, and No. 316 Private BARTLEY R. was lying in a cellar, into which he had apparently fallen with a fractured skull and unconsciousness. First Aid was rendered, and through heavy shell fire, (both Shrapnel and High Explosive) the patients were conveyed to the R.A.P., the distance of carrying being 800 yards. Both on the forward and return journey several narrow escapes were experienced by the party. Major CHAPMAN the Officer i/c of the forward A.D.S's, further reports that this squad behaved in an exceptionally cool and courageous manner during the recent operations. I therefore wish to recommend these men for immediate reward, for untiring and conspicuous devotion to duty, and setting a fine example to those around them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'This N.C.O. at BELLEWAARDE RIDGE North East of HOOGE on 20th September, 1917 was in charge of stretcher bearers. The bearer post was being heavily shelled and several bearers were wounded. He dashed out brought in one of the wounded bearers to safety and stood in the open under heavy fire directing his squads to cover. His gallantry and coolness undoubtedly saved the lives of many men. On many occasions during the day this N.C.O. displayed the same qualities of coolness and rage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date14 June 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Australia, 31 May 1915.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 16 August 1915. Admitted to No. 2 General Hospital, Cairo, 4 November 1915; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Maadi, 25 November 1915; to Australian Overseas Base, Cairo, 30 November 1915.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 24 March 1916. Promoted Sergeant, 23 November 1916.

Wounded in action (remaining at duty), 9 March 1917. On leave to the United Kingdom, 19 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 5 January 1918.

Wounded in action, 6 June 1918 (gun shot wound, left arm and forehead); admitted to 16th USA General Hospital, Le Treport, 9 June 1918. Transferred to England, 26 August 1918 (synovitis, right knee).

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Marathon', 6 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, 14 June 1919.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


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