Ernest Clifton PAUL

PAUL, Ernest Clifton

Service Number: 1806
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Beechworth, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 31 May 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beechworth Shire WW1 Honour Roll, Beechworth War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, 1806, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
14 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, 1806, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

1806 Private Ernest Clifton Paul, 7th Battalion AIF, died of wounds at sea, Gallipoli 31st May, 1915.

Ernest Paul was born in Yarrawonga but attended Cobram State School as a child and enlisted in early 1915; tall for the time at six foot, but slightly built, weighing only 10 stone (64 kilos). He was working at Mr. Brown’s vineyard near Cobram.

Ernie joined the 7th Battalion on Gallipoli on the 22nd May 1915, and such was the intensity of the heavy fighting, he was only there for 4 days before suffering a gunshot wound to the head, causing a compound fracture of his skull. Ernest Paul died of his wounds aboard the hospital ship "Gascon" at 1030 hours on the 31st May 1915, and was buried at sea 3 miles out from Anzac Cove.

Ernie was 23 years old, born and educated in Cobram, and his name is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, which stands on the site of the fiercest fighting at Lone Pine and overlooks the whole front line of May 1915.

His mother Annie wrote to the AIF in 1920. She stated that she didn’t know if his father was alive or dead as he "cleared out" 11 years ago and left her to raise the children as best she can and work to pay the debts he left her. She was awarded a pension by the Defence Department.