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Ernest DEARDEN

Regimental number4182
Place of birthTownsville Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoiler maker
AddressTownsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, C L Dearden, Atkenvale Post Office, Townsville, Queensland
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAIF Depots in the United Kingdom
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work done at Le Barque on 25 February 1917.
Recommendation date: 1 March 1917

Military Medal


Powers of organisation and devotion to duty near Le Barque 24-26 February 1917.
Recommendation date: 10 March 1917

Military Cross


For gallantry in action at Belgian Wood, South East of Ypres at 2.30 am on 27 March 1918.
Recommendation date: 31 March 1918

Unspecified


Work done at Le Barque on 25 February 1917.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Near LE BARQUE, FRANCE, on the 25th February, 1917, Corporal DEARDEN went back and gathered together some men who had become slightly disorganised by the enemy's artillery fire, and brought them up to the front line by a track which was not under fire. Later he showed excellent spirit, and proved of great assistance in tending the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When on patrol with six men he engaged a hostile party of forty, killing at least two and taking a wounded officer prisoner, dispersing the remainder. On putting his prisoner under guard he took his patrol out again, but was wounded. In spite of this he engaged a similar party of the enemy and dispersed it, and when, on retiring, one of his party was found to be missing, went back, and finding him dead brought the body in, thereby preventing the enemy from obtaining an identification.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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