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Arthur Sidney Eric EARNSHAW

Regimental number1059
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
Address23 Bay Street, Double Bay, Double Bay,, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Arthur William Earnshaw, 23 Bay Street, Double Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Passchendaele on 9 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations on 9th October, 1917, on PASCHENDAELE RIDGE, these runners [EARNSHAW and 919 W.D. HUME] displayed an absolute disregard for personal safety in carrying messages through heavy barrage fire. When, owing to casualties, there was urgent need for every available man in the front line, these men with practially no assistance did the whole of the running from the front line to Battalion Headquarters passing through the enemy's barrage time after time, and exposed the while to enemy machine gun and sniping fire. When the position was obscure they were responsible for the bringing of much valuable information concerning the situation to Battalion Headquarters. They showed remarkable endurance in carrying out these duties practically without sleep for three days and nights. They also acted as guides to the relieving unit and with great skill andresourcefulness, were able to conduct them to positions about which very little was known.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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