Edward George Dave ELLSON

Regimental number423
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
AddressCorner of Boundary and Spring Streets, West End, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Norah Florence Ellson, Corner of Boundary and Spring Streets, West End, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date8 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll423A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919

Military Medal

'On 2nd September 1918, near PERONNE, the N.C.O. in charge of Private ELLSON'S gun team became a casualty. He at once took charge and led the team through heavy fire to the support of the Infantry. On the following three days he remained in charge, maintained his communications, in most trying and difficult circumstances, and rendered very valuable help in the attack. His courage, initiative and devotion to duty were of a high standard, and he set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal