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Ernest John TURNER

Regimental number340
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAsphalter
AddressFerry Hill, Upper Avenue Road, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs E B Turner, Ferry Hill, Upper Avenue Road, Mosman, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'This N.C.O. has rendered splendid services to the Battalion in the capacity of Cook Sergeant. During the offensive at YPRES in October, 1917, he showed great initiative in the handling of his department, providing meals regularly for the men in the line, under the most difficult and adverse conditions, often being subjected to exceedingly heavy enemy shell fire. Throughout the winter he has worked untiringly for the benefit of the men, providing a plentiful supply of hot food and drinks, which largely accounts for the small amount of sickness in the trenches, and the high spirit of the men. His work at all times has been of the utmost value to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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