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Ernest Albert SPRING

Regimental number377
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
Address23 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Ann Spring, 23 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty at MOOLENACKER near CAESTRE on 25th May, 1918. The position of an anti-tank gun (the crew of which this man was a member) was subjected to a heavy bombardment, the Officer in charge of the gun being wounded. Though wounded in the hand Gunner SPRING went for assistance through the barrage and succeeded in advising Headquarters of the depletion in the gun detachment. He then returned to the gun and assisted in taking the Officer and another wounded gunner to the R.A.P. Gunner SPRING was evacuated from the R.A.P. He displayed a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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