Ernest DEARDEN MC, MM

DEARDEN, Ernest

Service Number: 4182
Enlisted: 30 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Townsville, Qld., 1892
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boiler Maker
Died: 5 March 1955, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: City of Townsville WW1 Honour Roll, Townsville No. 37 Magnetic Lodge P.A.F.S.O.A. Honor Board
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World War 1 Service

30 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4182, 9th Infantry Battalion
3 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4182, 9th Infantry Battalion
3 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4182, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Military Medal

'Near LE BARQUE, FRANCE, on the 25th February, 1917, Corporal DEARDEN went back and gathered together some men who had become slightly disorganised by the enemy's artillery fire, and brought them up to the front line by a track which was not under fire. Later he showed excellent spirit, and proved of great assistance in tending the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917
 

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When on patrol with six men he engaged a hostile party of forty, killing at least two and taking a wounded officer prisoner, dispersing the remainder. On putting his prisoner under guard he took his patrol out again, but was wounded. In spite of this he engaged a similar party of the enemy and dispersed it, and when, on retiring, one of his party was found to be missing, went back, and finding him dead brought the body in, thereby preventing the enemy from obtaining an identification.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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