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Ernest SCHWAB

Regimental number1612
Place of birthSurrey Hills Victoria
ReligionCongregational
Address24 Bellett Street, Camberwell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMrs Hannah Schwab, 24 Bellett Street, Camberwell, Victoria
Enlistment date18 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'In broad daylight on morning of 7th June, 1918, near METEREN, Corporal SCHWAB was one of a party of three who surprised an enemy post and captured two of the enemy. Later, he assisted two others to kill eight of the enemy after a long fight. The post was strongly held and but for the courage and initiative of this N.C.O. the party must have become casualties. The party was forced to evacuate the post on account of extremely heavy machine gun fire which was opened on them from five different positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 February 1965
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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