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Jack Waddington ELLIS

Regimental number7903
Place of birthBega New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Pareen', Federal Avenue, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lilian Edith Ellis, 'Pareen', Federal Avenue, Ashfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameArmy Service Corps 15, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/103/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 4 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollNo 10 Company, Australian Army Service Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'On 19th October, 1917, near WESTHOEK RIDGE, east of YPRES, this soldier was in charge of wagons delivering sleepers for track making in forward areas. The track behind them was blown to pieces by heavy enemy shell fire. He assisted in repairing and clearing the road for traffic which had become dangerously congested, and continued to carry on with his self imposed task on his own initiative, and with cool courage although the NCO in charge had been killed. his action with that of Drivers [6106 H.] DICK and [8428 N.D.] LACKIE, saved many valuable lives, horses and wagons as traffic was barely clear when the enemy put down further heavy shelling on the spot where traffic had been held up.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7904 Lance Corporal Charles Hubert ELLIS, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 23 June 1919.

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