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Ernest Henry ADAMS

Regimental number4653
Place of birthCarcoar, New South Wales
SchoolJumbunna State School, South Gippsland, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressJumbunna, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 2.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Bella Adams, Jumbunna, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 February 1916
Place of enlistmentKorumburra, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Herleville on 18 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 28 August 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGained Military Medal for bravery on battlefield.
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingEstrees, France
Date of death3 October 1918
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery, Gouy (Plot IV, Row D. Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
95
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick Steven and Bridget Mary ADAMS; husband of Isabella ADAMS, Jumbunna, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE, East of AMIENS, on 18th August 1918, shortly after leaving the jumping off tape the N.C.O. in charge of his Lewis Gun Team became a casualty. This man then took the gun and reorganised the team whom he preceded firing from the hip as he advanced. The party was subjected to a heavy concentration of Machine Gun fire and the other members of the crew except two became casualties. With these men Private ADAMS continued to advance until the both became casualties. This man then took up a position and kept firing until all his ammunition was exhausted when he rejoined the nearest post in his vicinity. Throughout he showed great courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 October 1918
Age at death32
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAMS Ernest Henry

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