Ernest BOOTH


BOOTH, Ernest

Service Numbers: 199, 901
Enlisted: 15 December 1914, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 3rd Divisional Signal Company
Born: Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Wesleyan Day School, (?) Claverley, Shropshire, England
Occupation: Telegraph Operator
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 3 June 1915, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Plot 1, Row A, Grave 11
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
3 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 199, 1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 901, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 901, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne

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Other service number 199

Rank - Sapper

Arrived in Australia aged 17 years

Ernest Booth was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England in 1891. The family settled in Falmouth, Cornwall in England for some time before emigrating to Australia. Ernest came to Australia at the age of 17. He worked as a telegraph operator in Central Queensland before enlisting at Muttaburra near Longreach. His skills in morse code and telegraphy enabled him to be co-opted into the Australian Engineers as a signaller. The Townsville Daily Bulletin dated 16 Aug 1915 reported that Mr W. Booth of Longreach had a son, being Ernest, who was killed on the evening of 3 June 1915 assisting to repair a telephone line at Gaba Tepe (Gallipoli). A shell burst over the signallers and Ernest's death was instantaneous. Lieutenant Grant, who was officer in charge of the Australian Signalling Company, wrote to Ernest's parents that the loss of Sapper Booth was severely felt as he was always eager to do his share and keen to learn. He was sadly missed by his mother, father and brothers --(May he rest in peace).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal