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Ernest Roy CRANE

Regimental number233
Place of birthIpswich Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Jane Crane, c/o H Crane, Railway Workshops, North Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 28th March, 1918. He greatly assisted to repel an enemy attack and after the N.C.O. in charge of the gun was killed by a bullet, he took charge and set an excellent example to the remainder. From an exposed position he fired 7,500 rounds from his gun during the attack and subsequently on small parties of the enemy including cavalry. He showed great coolness and an utter disregard to danger.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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