Ernest William George (Ern) TRUAN

TRUAN, Ernest William George

Service Number: 2994
Enlisted: 2 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kooringa, South Australia, 18 October 1893
Home Town: Hawker, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Schooling: Hawker Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Noreuil, France, 2 April 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Bapaume Australian Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Alawoona & District WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2994, Adelaide, South Australia
6 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2994, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
6 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2994, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2994, 50th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Ernest William George Truan's place of birth was in Kooringa, South Australia on the 18th of October 1893. Kooringa is about 140 km north of central Adelaide just south of Burra. His height was 5’8 ¾ inches and he weighed 138 lbs.

Before Ernest enlisted to the army, he was a farmer at Hawker, Flinders Ranges, South Australia. His family moved to the region when he was a child as he Hawker Public School.

Ernest first enlisted on the 2nd of October 1916 for the First World War.

Ernest was dangerously wounded in the back and leg on September 15th, 1917. During this time Ernest was in the Cheltenham Military Hospital, England, with his condition being favourable.

At the young age of 23, Ernest William George was killed in action on the 2nd of April 1917 in Noreuil, France.