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Ernest Percival WALKER

Regimental number2988
Place of birthBerry New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBerry, Illawarra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Maria Blake, Berry, Illawarra, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near BELLICOURT between 30th September and 2nd October 1918, these men [WALKER, 3498 A.G. BLACKHAM, 5437 J. RAMSDEN] displayed most conspicuous bravery, gallantry and devotion to duty in their capacity as linesmen. Within two hours of the attack they commenced the laying of the line forward from Battalion Headquarters and succeeded in establishing communication with the Front Line in spite of the fact that the whole of the ground they had to cross was swept by heavy artillery fire and that the last 600 yards of the line had to be laid under direct enemy observation and over ground subjected to heavy machine gun fire from the front and both flanks at short range. Later on during the day they also laid a further line forward to the Front Line. Throughout the ensuing thirty six hours these men remained in a forward position and were continually engaged repairing breaks under heavy fire. It was owing to their utter disregard of their personal safety that communication with the Front Line was maintained almost continually throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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