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Ernest Henry LISTER

Regimental number2089
Place of birthBrunkerville New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMill hand
AddressBunkerville, via East Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinThomas Lister, Bunkerville, via East Maitland, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'At BAUMETZ on the night of 22nd/23rd March, 1917, Private LISTER displayed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a Lewis Gun which accompanied a fighting patrol of 1 Officer and 20 other ranks. When some 1500 yards out the patrol was suddenly fired on from the left rear and right front by machine guns and rifles. The patrol at once threw themselves on the ground and Private LISTER, with his Lewis Gun, beat down the left rear attack, many groans being heard from that direction. He then directed his gun on the right front and kept the machine guns there engaged until the patrol could get back, when he withdrew his gun. One man of the patrol was killed, and had it not been for Private LISTERUs coolness and courage the entire patrol would have been wiped out. Later on, on the morning 23rd March, when the enemy attacked our flank and rear, Private LISTER again showed admirable coolness and courage in handling his gun in difficult positions under fire and giving great assistance in repelling the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 December 1979

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