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Ernest ARMISTEAD

Regimental number20060
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBush worker
AddressNeerim North, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Armistead, Thomas Street, Dandenong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 32
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'On 2nd Sept. 1918, near CLERY-sur-SOMME, these two drivers were driving an ammunition wagon carting ammunition to the battery position, which at the time was being very heavily shelled as also was the position at which the ammunition was being loaded. Although the loading party had evacuated the position on account of the shelling, these drivers loaded their own wagon and continued the supply of ammunition, although continually under shell fire. In so doing they exhibited splendid courage and devotion to duty and set a fine example to all.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date27 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 July 1916.

Mustered as Driver, 6 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916.

On leave to England, 14 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 1 March 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Married Christina BARR, spinster, aged 31, St Mary Magdelene Church, Addiscombe, 19 February 1918.

On leave to England, 4 February 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 22 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 11 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Koningen Luise', 21 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 13 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 27 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNo details of height or weight recorded on Form B103.
Date of death13 June 1967
Age at death85
Place of burialApollo Bay Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARMISTEAD Ernest

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