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Eric William Lambert OSTLER

Regimental number1721
Place of birthCollie New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBultge Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James Ostler, Bultge Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Previous military service42nd Infantry
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At PERONNE on September 1st 1918, he carried his gun forward with the advancing Infantry and despite the fact that the remainder of his crew became casualties set his gun in a good defensive position and immediately reported to the O.C. line. As targets were then offering but he volunteered to bring in wounded going out into No Mans Land on several occasions. His coolness and contempt of danger were an inspiration to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 September 1960

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