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Ernest Henry Garfora GILL

Regimental number4287
Date of birth15 May 1893
Place of birthKadina, South Australia
AddressBute, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.10
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Gill, Bute, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Place of enlistmentKadina, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 7 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. These men [2929 L. ELLIS, 4287 E.H.G. ELLIS] are members of the Wireless Section of this Company. During the operations forward of HEILLY on night of 28th/29th July 1918, when we succeeded in gaining valuable ground from the enemy, they were in charge of a Power Buzzer and Amplifier Station with the O.C. Raid in our front line. They established and maintained communication with Battalion headquarters during the whole of the operations. On one or two occasions, when cables had been cut, this means of communication proved most valuable. Important information was transmitted by them. They were in position from 6 p.m. on 28th until 9 a.m. on 29th July. For the last six hours they were working under heavy artillery fire from the enemy. Their enthusiasm and disregard for danger resulted in continuous maintenance of communication from front to rear by Power Buzzer, which was very useful when the cables at times failed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Discharge date14 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 14 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 July 1963
Age at death70
Place of burialBute Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILL Ernest Henry Garfora

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