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Ernest Keith SHARP

Regimental number5896
Place of birthAshfield New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressKaronga, Pembroke Street, Epping, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, C E Sharp, Karonga, Pembroke Street, Epping, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At 6.30 a.m. on the 4th October 1917, whilst the 53rd Battery was in action East of WESTHOEK near YPRES and co-operating in an attack by our Infantry, a 15cm. shell burst in the ammunition of No. 1 Gun, killing two of the detachment and severely wounding two others No. 5896 Gunner E.K. SHARP ran to the gun pit and with the assistance of Gunner E.A.F. TOCKNELL pulled Bdr. HEWITT, who had been severely wounded, out of reach of the blazing ammunition and placed him in a trench near by. Despite the heavy shelling by the enemy and also the bursting ammunition, this Gunner again returned to the gun pit and with the help of Gunner TOCKNELL succeeded in getting Gunner BURGESS clear of the exploding ammunition. The utter disregard of personal safety and the splendid example set by this man are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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