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Ernest Henry William MEYERS

Regimental number1903
Place of birthCairns Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHarlin Road, Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Henry Meyers, Harlin Road, Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date13 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Noted Ernest Henry NR

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in the attac with great dash and initiative, showing high qualities of leadership. When the final objective was captured he carried out reconnaissances in front of the position, and worked untiringly to secure the position against counter attacks. When all the other officers became casualties he took command of his company and held on under severe fire until relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'Near Lihons, on 10th August 1918, he organized sections of various companies with marked ability, thus saving many casualties. He and another officer went forward and located a strong point which was holding up the advance, and which was at once dealt with. Next day he filled up a gap in the line, having to pass through Auger Wood, which had not been mopped up. He showed conspicuous gallantry and leadership.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

2nd Bar to Military Cross

'At Villeret on 18th September 1918, he showed brilliant leadership and great gallantry. At the second objective he advanced to the line of exploitation, thus enabling the troops on either flank of him to come up. His reports were of great value to his Commanding Officer, and on the line of exploitation being captured the defensive positions chosen showed a thorough knowledge of the tactical situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and 2 Bars, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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