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Ernest Alfred SUMNER

Regimental number3025
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSalesman
AddressMayfair Street, Maylands, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinSister, Mrs E A Thompson, Mayfair Street, Maylands, South Australia
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 14 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3025A
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reorganizing the men of his platoon, which had suffered some casualties. Later, while making a reconnaissance with his company commander, they came under heavy fire, the latter being killed. In spite of this, he completed his task, and set a splendid example to his comrades during a trying time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Date of death27 June 1963
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery

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