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Regimental number1886
Place of birthKiata, Victoria
Other NamesMCMASTER, Ewan
AddressHorsham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Allan McMaster, Goyura, Victoria
Enlistment date4 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For untiring devotion to duty in action East of YPRES on 4th October 1917. For two days and nights, he acted continuously as Battalion Runner, making many journeys through the heavy enemy barrage and through most difficult country. he was indefatigable and his cheerfulness through everything was a fine example to everybody.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: Private Alexander McMaster, Regimental No. 7141, 38th Battalion, returned to Australia 12 May 1919; Private Duncan McMaster, Regimental No. 1881, 39th Battalion, returned to Australia 30 April 1919; Private Alan McMaster, Regimental No. 1885, 38th Battalion, killed in action 13 July 1917; Private Dugald McMaster, Regimental No. 1880, 39th Battalion, returned to Australia 30 January 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 3 October 1939; discharged, 1944 - served in Australia.
Date of death14 October 1962
Place of burialKeilor, Melbourne, Victoria

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