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Ernest Robert DAWE

Regimental number2821
Place of birthAshfield New South Wales
AddressMacquarie Road, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, J G Dawe, Macquarie Road, Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF55
Promotion date: 6 January 1919


Unit: INF55
Promotion date: 6 April 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal (Altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919

Military Medal

'For gallant and meritorious service during the period 25th February to 16th/17th September 1918. This W.O. has rendered good service in the line and during training, but he is commended particularly for his leadership, acts of gallantry and fighting qualities displayed throughout the operations of this year. In the WYTSCHAETE sector in February and March, the area occupied by his Battalion in the line was shelled with gas almost nightly. it was often necessary for his Company to shift to another area to avoid casualties, and it was on such occasions that C.S.M. DAW exhibited his worth. He assisted the Company Officers by moving amongst the men and quickly organising them for the move to safer areas, always under heavy fire. it was mainly due to his efforts and to his supervision of gas discipline that casualties were maintained at a minimum. Throughout his Battalion's defence of the VILLERS-BRETONNEUX plateau and on the SOMME during the months of April, May, and June, this W.O. has again and again earned the praise of his officers and admiration of the men under his command for his many acts of gallantry. Again during the operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September he rendered excellent service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

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