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Ernest Charles MOODY

Regimental number6059
Place of birthWynyard Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressWynyard, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr J Moody, Wynyard, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil. Attestation form reads: 'No. Evaded Service'.
Enlistment date2 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateDied of disease 7 January 1919
Place of burialCopenhagen Western Cemetery (the Vestre Kirkegaard), Denmark
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
66
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Headstone inscription reads: 'Tasmania's Son, May the Lord be with him'. Commemorated on a Memorial Tablet in the Anglican Church of St Alban's, Copenhagen, donated by a British resident in memory of those members of HM Forces who died in that town after having served in the war of 1914-18. Parents: John and Annie Elizabeth MOODY, Sisters Creek, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6098 Pte William MOODY, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Hobart, 8 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1916; taken on strength, 12th Bn, 24 December 1916. Found guilty, 13 March 1917, of 'conduct prejudicial of good order and military discipline in that he did wilfully execute an order in a slovenly manner': awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Listed as missing in action, Lagnicourt, 15 April 1917; subsequently confirmed as prisoner of war, interned at Limburg, Germany. After the armistice, was transferred to Denmark and died of influenza on board Transport 'Formosa' in Copenhagen Harbour. Pastor A.N. Norman officiated at his funeral.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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