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Eric Henry PING

Regimental number7828
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressLaunceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, H W Ping, 67 Wellington Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date28 May 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 May 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 26th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations east of PROYART from 23rd/26th August, 1918, Private PING as a runner displayed great courage and devotion to duty. Under very heavy Machine GUn fire he made several trips to company headquarters from the front line. During the advance Lieutenant GILL was severely wounded, Private PING saw him fall and under a very heavy enemy artillery barrage carried him to a place of safety. Shortly afterwards, Sergeant EATT was badly wounded and Private PING again dashed forward and under heavy artillery and Machine GUn fire carried Sergeant WATT to a place of safety. This gallant act infused courage and determination into the remainder of his platoon who sitnessed the deed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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