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Ernest Ray MAKIN

Regimental number4729
Place of birthWollongong New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCorrimal Street, Wollongon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, A G Makin, Corrimal Street, Wollongong, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 13 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal RollACSU
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Hanebeke Wood on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919

Military Medal

'At HANEBEKE WOOD on 20th September 1917 this man was a Battalion Signaller and acting as linesman. For 20 hours he was continuously mending breaks in the wires under most trying conditions, more than once under an intense enemy barrage. It was due to his grit and determination, that the communications from front to rear were kept in a good state of repair. His coolness and courage were a fine example to all who saw him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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