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Ernest Duncan HEWISH

Regimental number8282
Place of birthWallaroo, South Australia
SchoolAdelaide High School, South Australia
Other trainingCadet, Chemical Laboratory, University of Adelaide, South Australia
OccupationPharmacy student
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Hewish, Main North Road, Nailsworth, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in School Cadets for 2 years; 4 years in Senior Cadets; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date31 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Australian General Hospital, Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Ambulance
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was loved by all the boys in the Ambulance. His officers in writing spoke of his sterling work & high standard of bravery under fire.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialBelgian Battery Corner Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 12), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Agnes HEWISH, Main North Road, Prospect, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 27 January 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 6 February 1917.

Transferred to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 April 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as HERISH.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEWISH Ernest Duncan

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