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Ernest MURRAY

Regimental number151
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMechanic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMrs E Murray, c/o S Monaghan, Berry Street, Nowra, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 5 March 1917

Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal (Immediate) (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Recommendation date: 3 November 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 25/26th September 1917 at POLYGON WOOD, as one of a party of 5 officers and 5 N.C.Os. he, in daylight, assisted in the fixing of 40 pegs out in No Man's Land required for the Brigade Jumping Off Line. This was done under sniper's fire. Going up and getting back, the party had to get through a very intense barrage. Only 6 of the party returned. At night he supervised the laying of tapes for the forming up of the Brigade. The success of the jumping off of the Brigade was due to a great extent to his bravery and determination to get the work done at all costs. He always sets a splendid example to his men. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty he deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 July 1935

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