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Ernest Henry CHAMBERS

Regimental number731
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBerry Street, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Johanna Chambers, Berry Street, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal)


Work near Reinecourt on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 23 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'In the advance of 9th August, 1918 towards RAINECOURT, East of AMIENS, this N.C.O. was acting as C.S.M. of his Company. Shortly after the jump off only one officer was left with his Company. He rendered great assistance by personal effort dash and example in organising and leading his Company. The tanks were well in front of his Company and signalled "Come on". In spite of exceptionally heavy fire from Machine Guns anti-tank guns and artillery, Sergeant CHAMBERS dashed forward at the head of a large party and dislodged two Machine Gun posts which were causing casualties. he showed utter disregard to personal safety during consolidation, at a stage when encouragement and example were most essential to hold the men together.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

GWF

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

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