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Ernest William TOZER

Regimental number60
Place of birthTooting, London, England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTelephonist
Address'Craganour', Hamilton Road, Nundah, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5"
Weight106 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs T. Tozer, 'Craganour,' Hamilton Road, Nundah, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Infantry Battalion, Regimental Signallers - Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number28/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 70), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry Alfred and Caroline Alice TOZER, 'Craganour', Hamilton Road, Nundah, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: [4252] 2nd Lt Henry John TOZER MSM, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 January 1920.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Military Cemetery by Reverend S. A. Beveridge, 19 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2770509, 43 Corporal R. CAREW, 31st Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England): 'On 19th July, 1916 at Fleurbaix L/Cpl. E.W. Tozer was wounded at a signalling station at 4 p.m. and was walking down to the Clearing Station. While passing one of our own guns he was hit by a primitive explosion from it and killed at once. "Informant saw him dead."'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOZER Ernest William
Red Cross file 2770509

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