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Ernest Bointon MASON

Regimental number390
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram conductor
Address23 Brighton Road, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, G S Mason, 23 Brighton Road, St Kilda, Victoria
Enlistment date12 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit), C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/112/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 19 August 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 9 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a raid. After making a daring reconnaissance before hand, he led his party with great dash into the enemy trench, and accounted for six of the enemy, one of whom he killed himself.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and during an attack. Finding that troops on the right were held up by enemy machine guns, he organized an attack from both sides, leading one personally and killed or captured all the gun crews. Later, when rushed by the enemy and wounded, he and a few men put them to flight, taking two prisoners. He displayed splendid dash and leadership, and his work was of great value to the advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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