Essington Lowther ZOUCH MID

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ZOUCH, Essington Lowther

Service Number: 189
Enlisted: 22 October 1914, Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Goulburn, New South Wales, 6 May 1890
Home Town: Nimbin, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Palestine, 17 November 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Deir al-Balah Military Cemetery
B 120
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Nimbin District War Memorial, Nimbin St. Mark's Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 189, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Liverpool, NSW
20 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 189, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres
20 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 189, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
17 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Light Horse Regiment

Further information from the Australian war memorial

Leutenant (Lt) Essington Lowther Zouch, 7th Light Horse Regiment (LHR) from Goulburn, NSW. A 24 year old farmer prior to enlisting on 21 October 1914, he embarked for overseas as a Private (service number 189) with A Squadron from Sydney on 20 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ayrshire. While serving at Gallipoli, he was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant before being wounded in action on 30 August 1915. After being evacuated to Malta for medical treatment, he recovered from his wounds and returned to the 7th LHR at Gallipoli in October 1915. On 9 November 1915 he was appointed a Second Lieutenant and then promoted to Lieutenant on 28 January 1916. He went on to serve in the Middle East with the 7th LHR and the 2nd Machine Gun Squadron. While serving in Palestine he was Mentioned in Despatches and in the final stages of the Battle for Gaza he was wounded in action on 15 November 1917. Lt Zouch died of his wounds on 17 November 1917 and was buried in the Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel.

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Biography

Essington Lowther ZOUCH was born on 6th May, 1890 in Goulburn, New South Wales. His parents were Captain Richard Essington ZOUCH and Mary Emily THROSBY. He enlisted on 22nd October 1914 with the 7th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron

The unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Ayrshire on 20th December, 1914

He died of wounds on 17th November, 1917 aged 27 years. Buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery - Row B, grave 120 - he is also memoralized at the Australian War Memorial

His father Captain Richard Essington ZOUCH served in the Boer War

Following are two articles about his father

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15757631?searchTerm=essington (trove.nla.gov.au)

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/123496478?searchTerm=essington (trove.nla.gov.au)

Medals he received - 1914 -15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medals

He was recommended to receive the Military Cross 

GAZA - April  19th - Lieutenant ZOUCHs Troop was sent to assist in holding up the advance of the enemy.  He was under heavy shell & rifle fire from vastly superior numbers of enemys mounted troops & infantry.  He was unable to keep touch with his squadron and held onto his position till recalled by orderly from R.H.Q. where he had to slowly fight his way back.  Heavily pressured by the enemys mounted troops he showed great coolness and tenacity

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