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Ernest Francis ARMIT

Regimental number494
Date of birth--/08/1888
Place of birthCamboon Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNorth Ward, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Mr R S Armit, North Ward, Townsville, Queensland
Enlistment date21 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 7th MG Coy
Promotion date: 16 August 1916


Unit: 2 MG Btn
Promotion date: 28 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action and in attentions to the wounded. (Pozieres).
Recommendation date: 16 August 1916

Military ross

Displayed conspicuous gallantry and initiative during attack North of Flers.
Recommendation date: 11 September 1916

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his battery across "No Man's Land" got his guns into position, and organized the battery for a counter attack. He used enemy machine gun belts with success, filling them with our ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He assisted the infantry waves from the jumping off trench, then advanced with his section under intense fire. He set a fine example throughout. He was severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 62 Pte Richard John Edward ARMIT, 5th Light Horse Regiment Machine Gun Section, returned to Australia, 7 January 1919; 671 Pte Bertram Everard ARMIT, 7th Machine Gun Company, killed in action, 17 April 1918; 3047 Pte Harold Philip ARMIT, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 12 July 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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