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Ernest WESTERGAARD

Regimental number3007
Place of birthMannum, South Australia
SchoolNorth Fremantle State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMoulder
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.75"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinWife, Gladys Westergaard, South Yarra, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the Rifle Cadets.
Enlistment date21 August 1916
Place of enlistmentFremantle, Western Australia
Unit name48th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele Ridge, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
147
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 159 Pte Thomas Wood WHITE, 16th Bn, died of wounds, 15 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917; marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, 11 January 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 15 February 1917; transferred to Military Hospital, Parkhouse, 29 March 1917; discharged from hospital, 31 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 45 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 21 June 1917.

Reported missing in action, 13 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 8 April 1918, concluded: 'Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1918.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WESTERGAARD Ernest

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