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Eric Ewen PATERSON

Regimental number898
Place of birthTheebine Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOperator
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriet Effie Gwynne, Murgon, Queensland
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name42nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations south of Bony, he was sent forward to establish Forward Battalion Headquarters. On meeting a strong enemy machine gun post he immediately attempted it with his runners. Finding that the frontal attack had no effect, he rushed forward alone to a flank, and endeavoured to take the enemy in the rear, but was wounded before he attained his object. He displayed great gallantry and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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