RICHARDSON, Ernest Aubrey

Service Number: 3902
Enlisted: 7 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Malvern, Victoria, January 1895
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Perth, Western Australia, 7 March 1946
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Western Australia
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3902, Melbourne, Victoria
23 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3902, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Adelaide
23 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3902, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion
27 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 59th Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3902, 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW (shoulder)
28 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 59th Infantry Battalion
16 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 59th Infantry Battalion
31 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 59th Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, "...conspicuous courage and leadership..."
15 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 3902, 59th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (

"For conspicuous courage and leadership. During the operations near Bellicourt on 29 September 1918 when his Company was held up he displayed great bravery in organising bombing attacks under heavy shell and machine gun fire. Again on 1 October when all his officers had become casualties he took command of his Company, continued the advance, gained his objective, and after pushing out forward patrols consolidated the position under heavy shell fire. He has on previous occasions displayed great courage and skillful leadership and has at all times set a splendid example to all under his command." - Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75 Date: 17 June 1919