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Sydney Foster ERWIN

Regimental number1330
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinAunt, Mrs E Dickson, c/o Mrs J McCormick, Fernhill, Ballyanghlis, Lisburn, Ireland
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under heavy fire.
Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 25 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialEbblinghem Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 30), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Nephew of Mrs E.B. DICKSON, Fernhill, Ballyaughlis, Lisburn, Ireland

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations east of YPRES 4/8th October, 1917. This N.C.O.'s gun team and carrying party came under the enemy barrage while waiting to attack. Cpl. ERWIN by his coolness under the heavy fire rallied them and got them forward, himself showing an absolute disregard for personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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