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Regimental number4560
Place of birthBurra, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOrroroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard Ellery, Orroroo, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 February 1916
Place of enlistmentOrroroo, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 3 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'On the night of 5th/6th October, 1917, this soldier was driving a limber containing rations. on arrival at IDEAL HOUSE, WESTHOEK RIDGE, his limber became stuck in the mud. While trying to get his limber out the enemy opened up with a heavy barrage, and several shells dropped amongst the wagons, one hitting this driver's limber. One of his horses was killed and he himself was wounded. Although the barrage still continued, Driver ELLERY remained at his post and succeeded in freeing his other horse. After shelling was over, owing to casualties there were not sufficient Drivers to take wagons back to camp, ELLERY, despite his wound, volunteered to drive a wagon. on arrival at Transport Lines he fainted through loss blood.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Discharge date16 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4562 Pte Lancelot ELLERY, 27th Bn, returned to Australia, 15 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Wounded in action, 9 November 1916 (gun shot wound, left hand).

Wounded in action (second occasion), 5 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ypiringa', 15 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 16 August 1919.

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 April 1939
Place of burialMurray Bridge Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ELLERY Edward

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