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Ernest William STEVENS

Regimental number266
Place of birthRingarooma, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressRingarooma, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Blanche Alma Ethel Stevens, Ringarooma, Tasmania
Enlistment date4 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Medals

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date24 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Hobart, 1 July 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 22 August 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 19 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916. Promoted Temporary Corporal, 7 December 1916; Corporal, 7 March 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 2 September 1917; Sergeant, 8 October 1917; Temporary Company Sergeant Major (WO II), 7 November 1917; Company Sergeant Major, 22 December 1917.

Detached as Instructor to 10th Brigade NCOs' School, 16 February 1918. Sent on 4th Army General Infantry Course, 8 June 1918; rejoined unit, 3 July 1918.

Selected to join Infantry Cadet Course, England, 18 July 1918; proceeded to Officer Cadet School, 21 July 1918; joined No. 13 Officer Cadet Bn, Newmarket, 9 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; disembarked Hobart, 11 March 1919; discharged, 25 April 1919.

Medals: Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 March 1949
Place of burialRingarooma Cemetery

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