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Ernest Lionel KINGSBURY

Regimental number268
Date of birth--/01/1885
Place of birthClaremont Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressClermont, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, J B Kingsbury, Clermont, Queensland
Enlistment date17 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentSIG
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: ART Div 5
Promotion date: 8 October 1917


Unit: ART Div 5
Promotion date: 8 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: "Unspecified*

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 20 September 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 8th October 1918, north east of Montbrehain, while his battery was preparing for action, enemy aeroplanes flew over and dropped large bombs, killing and wounding several men and igniting ammunition and camouflage nets in a gun pit. He, with a N.C.O. and men ran into the gun pit, and, by putting out the burning ammunition and net, saved the wounded, and also ammunition at a time when it was urgently required. It was a fine action in face of exploding ammunition and from bombs and machine gun fire from aeroplanes.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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