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Ernest Alfred TAYLOR

Regimental number1883
Place of birthMolong, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngine driver
Address121 Regent Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, J S Taylor, East Molong, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the night 23rd/24th June this man was in charge of a Lewis Gun section in the attack on the enemy trenches South West of Meteren. On moving forward he was wounded by four of the enemy who were moving to their gun. He rushed his section forward, killed the enemy and captured the machine gun. It was not till after our objective had been gained and partly consolidated that TAYLOR asked to get away as he was feeling ill from loss of blood. His courage and example set to the men is worthy of recommendation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 December 1919

Other details

War service: enlisted 11 August 1914, and embarked from Sydney on HMAT A35 'Berrima' on 19 August 1914 as Private, F Company, Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit); served at Rabaul. Date of return to Australia not recorded on Nominal Roll.

Enlisted in the AIF, 23 March 1915; served in Egypt and Gallipoli. Returned to Australia.

Re-enlisted, and embarked from Sydney on HMAT A71 'Nestor' on 9 April 1916. War service: Western Front.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II.

Miscellaneous detailsAlso embarked INF2REIN16
Date of death15 September 1957

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