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Regimental number2384
Date of birth26 August 1896
Place of birthArmidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressErskine Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Schmutter, Erskine Street, Armidale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4.5 years in the Junior Cadets; held a commission for 15 months.
Enlistment date9 November 1915
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Road Wood, on 31st August, 1918. He took charge of the platoon when his officer became a casualty, and, organising the attack, he entered the wood and captured a machine gun and eighteen prisoners. At the exit from the wood he again encountered and captured a machine gun and crew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Discharge date3 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4557 Pte Clifford Victor SCHMUTTER, 3rd Bn, killed in action, 17 August 1916 Cousins: 1771 Pte George Leonard FURNER, 7th Light Trench Mortar Battery, killed in action, 20 December 1917; 429 Pte Henry Thomas FURNER, 35th Bn, died of wounds, 18 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Requested, by Statutory Declaration, 9 November 1917, that his name be changed to Eric George SHELDON.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Demosthenes', 26 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 19 September 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 3 November 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue name: Eric George SHELDON
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCHMUTTER Eric George

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