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Ernest Joseph HOCKING

Regimental number10841
Place of birthBallarat Vic
Address29 Wade Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, William James Hocking, 29 Wade Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military service30th Signal Company Engrs
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Corporal
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty at BRAY on 24th August 1918, and at CLERY-sur-SOMME on 31st August, 1918. This Non Commissioned Officer was in charge of linesmen engaged in the maintenance of forward lines throughout the period indicated. Regardless of his own safety, her personally laid important lines under heavy shell fire, repeatedly displaying qualities of initiative and courage. He set an example, and by his own efforts, assisted greatly in maintaining forward communications during the Operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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