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Ernest John Hugh SCHLITZ

Regimental number393
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressQuambatook, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, John Schlitz, Quambatook, Victoria
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name38th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded during a raid on the enemy trenches he refused to leave his post until forced to do so through exhaustion, when he insisted on walking to the dressing station in order to save a stretcher for a badly wounded man. Throughout the whole of the training and preliminary reconnaissance in connection with the raid his courage and ability were of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of deathDied 24 July 1941

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