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Ernest Robert OLIVER

Regimental number316
Place of birthBacchus Marsh, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPainter
Address16 York Street, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 4.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMrs Oliver, 16 York Street, Brighton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
116
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars afforded except the soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE 19.7.16.' on the authority of Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section from War Office.

A handwritten note on the bottom of the B.103 notes, 'believed buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sheet 36'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Red Cross File No 2050209 has statement from 317 Pte O'SHANNASEY, 29th Bn (patient on HS 'Cambria', Calais), 3 November 1916: 'He was my particular pal. He was coming back a few yards behind us. We heard him shout, and a shell burst behind us. We got the live and injured men out afterwards but nothing was seen of oliver. It was coming back from a dummy trench at Fromelles on the morning of the 20th.'

Second statement, 730 Pte F.L. WHEELER (patient, Ward 31, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 4 December 1916: '[364] Sergt. White, D. Company, 29th battalion, reported to me that oliver was blown to bits at Fleurbaix, he heard the shell coming just after he had spoken to Oliver, and the shell burst on oliver and that is the last we ever saw of him. Oliver was my brother-in-law.'
Miscellaneous detailsWife's address subsequently 106 Carpenter St, Brighton (September 1916); then 21 Lawrence St, Brighton; then 60 Farmer St, Burnley, Victoria, and also remarried and was then Mrs Alice Linda Simmons (October 1920); then 629 Church Street, Richmond, Victoria (1922); then 22 William Street, Brighton, and reverted to Mrs Alice Linda Oliver (1947).
SourcesNAA: B2455, OLIVER Ernest Robert
Red Cross file 2050209

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