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Ernest Ellerman PATERSON

Date of birth7 July 1881
Place of birthSouth Yarra, Victoria
SchoolCamberwell Grammar School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCom traveller
Address'Rossie', 49 Pender Street, Thornbury, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Charlette Wood Paterson, 49 Pender Street, Thornbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Victorian Scottish Reg and Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date25 June 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant (Honorary Lieutenant)
Unit name22nd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 24 May 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularConnected for many years with the Albert Park Rowing Club. Served also in the South Africa War.
FateKilled in Action 13 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*second given name on NR is Ellerm
Place of death or woundingEstrees, France
Age at death37
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 15), Gouy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
97
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary Ann PATERSON; husband of Charlotte W. PATERSON, 27 Griffith Street, Richmond, Victoria
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his company commander was wounded early in the attack, this officer took command, and, under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, reorganized the company and advanced on the objective. He was suddenly confronted with a hostile machine gun detachment, who were bringing their guns into action. He immediately attacked and captured the gun, making prisoners of the men. His company suffered heavy losses, both in officers and men, buthe maintained their spirit and endurance by his cool handling of the situation and his courage and composure under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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