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Ernest Alexander COOPER

Regimental number4304
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRoad overseer
AddressMrs Elsie cooper, North Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Cooper, Woori Yallock, Victoria
Enlistment date12 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Mont St.Quentin on 1 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the operation on MT. ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE on 1st September, 1918, this man acted as a Stretcher Bearer and displayed great fearlessness and devotion to duty. Undeterred by enemy Machine gun and shell fire which never slackened he attended to the wounded with bust little rest for 20 hours. Again and again he risked his life and did not cease work until the whole section was cleared of wounded. At DOMPIERRE on 28th August, his conduct was worthy of the highest praise. His Company was forced to temporarily withdraw from the Sugar Factory leaving casualties behind. Utterly regardless of his own safety, he went forward, dressed the wounded, and carried them back to safety through the heaviest machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2472 Sapper George James COOPER, 12th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 August 1967

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