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Ernest Gladstone CUBBINS

Regimental number3976
Place of birthKew Victoria
Address32 Molesworth Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, J Cubbins, 32 Molesworth Street, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date29 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Devotion to duty and valuable services in repairing communications. (East of Ypres on 28 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 20th September, 1917, Lance Corporal CUBBINS who in company with Pte. PINKERTON laid the lines to the Company's and established touch with them shortly afterwards. At intervals during the day and night he moved out to repair the lines which were continually being broken by shell fire. On the night of the 20th instant the lines had become so damaged that it was decided to lay a heavy armoured cable out to the Companies and Cpl. CUBBINS in company with two others moved out to do the work. In spite of the extreme weight of the cable, the darkness of the night and the pitted country the line was successfully laid. During the barrage of the following morning and evening the lines became broken again through direct hits and again L/Cpl. CUBBINS went out and repaired them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1443 Gunner Norman Fargher CUBBINS, 36th Australian HAB, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.

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