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Ernest WICKS

Regimental number2861
Date of birth20 March 1893
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressPerth Street, West Guildford, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, C R Wicks, Perth Street, West Guildford, Western Australia
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 1 October 1915
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 52nd Battalion
Promotion date: 10 October 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 52nd Battalion
Promotion date: 25 January 1918

Medals

Military Medal

'MOUQUET FARM. On morning of the 3rd September, 1916, under Sergeant ..........., did excellent work by bombing German ............... who were supporting their machine gun. Then helped to bomb remainder of German machine gun crew, thus enabling us to work to right and eventually join up with 49th Battalion. They did good work observing during the night of 3rd September, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while acting as battalion signal officer. Under heavy artillery fire, he superintended the repairing of telephone ground lines between headquarters and companies. Whilst so employed he organized a party of men of various units, and led them to support the left flank of a company which was holding up a strong enemy attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date7 September 1919
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Wounded, 3-4 September 1916.

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