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Ernest Oliver FIDGE

Regimental number2641
Place of birthMount Gambier South Australia
ReligionProtestant
OccupationBaker
AddressMarden Road, Payneham, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mina Fidge, Marden Road, Payneham, South Australia
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)


Great courage and engurance as runner. Polygon Wood 19-20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Pte. FIDGE showed great courage and endurance as a runner during the operations at POLYGON WOOD, east of YPRES, on 19/22nd September, 1917. When the enemy's barrage had broken all communications Pte. FIDGE carried messages through heavy shell fire to the front line and got several important messages through to the leading Companies. By his courage and resource he was able to bring back useful information, and captured and brought back single-handed, three prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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