Regimental number5411
Place of birthNorth Sydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTinonie, Manning River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Stranlund, Hargrave Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Ernish spelt Ernest

Military Medal

'During the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, this N.C.O. showed great bravery and dash when leading his section across 400 yards of open ground, in face of heavy machine gun fire. On approaching PARK WOOD he showed no hesitation but rushed straight into the enemy position with such determination, that the enemy in front gave way. he was seen to chase them well ahead of his men, killing every man he met with rifle fire or bombs.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal