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Ernest Albert SYKES

Regimental number3636
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMitchell, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFriend, Francis William Henry Hall, P.O., Mitchell, Queensland
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. Near VILLERS-CARBONNEL on 30th August 1918 Lance Corporal SYKES led his section across the SOMME in face of heavy artillery and Machine Gun fire. He engaged the enemy, himself accounting for several, and afforded protection for rear sections to cross. Throughout he set a fine example of coolness and courage to his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VERMAND on September 9th 1918 Lance Corporal SYKES was one of a fighting patrol which came in contact with a superior enemy force. The enemy brought a fierce Machine Gun and Artillery fire to bear on patrol and patrol had to withdraw. Lance Corporal SYKES in face of very heavy fire set a wonderful example of coolness and courage in handling his section. Although severely wounded, having had half a hand blown off he fought on and go his section to a position of safety. By his wonderful courage and devotion to duty he set a glorious example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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