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Ernest ENGLAND

Regimental number2389
Place of birthMiddle Park, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
Address15 Dwyer Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs V England, 15 Dwyer Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Enlistment date24 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 18 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 August 1916

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 15 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst leading a reconnoitring party, consisting of himself and two others, he came on an enemy machine gun post. He took the gun, brought it back, and returned with more men to attack the crew. He captured five, and killed one, without sustaining a casualty. He did fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'The men [ENGLAND, 1595 E. BUSWELL, 3461 P.E. FOX, 1383 R. TAYLOR] are Regimental Stretcher bearers and are brought under notice for conspicuous bravery and determination displayed by them in bringing in wounded in the face of heavy shell, rifle and Machine Gun fire during the attack on the HINDENBURG Line in front of REINCOURT on the 11th April 1917 and on the following day. They showed great eagerness to go out for more wounded as soon as those brought in by them were dressed and stretchers were available for use again. They succeeded in bringing in a number of wounded even during the period when all stretcher bearers who ventured into "No Man's Land" were deliberately fired on by the enemy's Machine Guns. These four men are grouped together because they work in one party. They are all recommended for distinction.'

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