Ernest Talbot SALT

SALT, Ernest Talbot

Service Number: 1692
Enlisted: 18 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Talbot, Victoria, Australia, 30 August 1893
Home Town: Talbot, Central Goldfields, Victoria
Schooling: Caralulup State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 27 November 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie
Plot VIII, Row L, Grave No. 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mildura Cenotaph, Talbot Caralulup State School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

18 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1692, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, 1692, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, 1692, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
27 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 1692, 60th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Ernest Talbot Salt (born in Talbot, Victoria) enlisted with the 38th Battalion and transferred to the 60th Battalion only a month before he was killed. He was reported to have been buried in the Needle Dump Cemetery near Lesboeufs in France. In 1926 his isolated grave was discovered and shifted to the Guards' Cemetery Lesboeufs. His headstone reads ‘Gone but not forgotten’.

His brother, 1752 Private Jack Henry Salt 58th Battalion AIF, died of cerebro spinal meningitis in Albany, Western Australia, aged 18, part way through his journey to war in Europe on the 7 May 1916.

They were the sons of John and Louisa Ann Salt, of Geelong, Victoria. They had eight other children who were fortunate to live long lives.