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Ernest John STRUMEY

Regimental number2065
Place of birthSingleton Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Jas Strumey, Castlereagh Street, Singleton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, J Strumey, Castlereagh Street, Singleton, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'By devotion to duty and the application of a knowledge of Field Engineering far above the average, this N.C.O. - the Pioneer Sergeant of the Battalion - has been of the utmost service to his Unit. During operations near ZONNEBEKE in September, 1917, and near BROODSEINDE - in October, 1917, in times of emergency he constructed overhead cover and shell-hole posts often under heavy fire - work which undoubtedly saved many lives. While in the front line near HOLLEBEKE 20th/29th January, 1918, he completed the camouflaging of all the posts in the outpost line. So skilfully was this accomplished as to baffle detection either by direct observation or from aerial photograph. He has served with the Unit since 30th July 1915, and during the whole of that time has been a model of all that a soldier should be. I strongly recommend him for award.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

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

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