Service Number: 4404
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gosfield, near Halstead, Essex, England, 1889
Home Town: Collie, Collie, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Wounds, 3rd London General Hospital,Wandsworth, South London, United Kingdom, 19 October 1916
Cemetery: Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery
Grave reference: Aust. 18.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4404, 28th Infantry Battalion
31 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4404, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Ernest’s brother Reginald lived in Australia. Herbert is honoured on the Gosfield triptych but Ernest isn’t. Both however are on the Great Bardfield War Memorial.It is believed other brothers, perhaps Frank, Albert Henry and Frederick Charles served with British forces and survived.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Possible birth record

Births Dec 1889    Cornell Ernest Halstead 4a 566

Deaths Dec 1916  Cornell Ernest 25 Wandsworth 1d 881.

28th Bn.11th Reinforcement Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

He was 27  and a son of William and Alice Emily Cornell , of Church Rd., Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex. He was a brother to Frank, Albert Henry, Gertrude Violet, Reginald, Emily Maud, Herbert William, Frederick Charles, Ellen and Amy Louisa. 

Age on arrival in Australia 20

Age at embarkation 25
Enlistment date 25 February 1916

AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/45/3

Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916.

His brother, Private Herbert William Cornell, Service Number 26933, aged 30 fell  18/08/1916, whilst serving with British forces-11th Bn.Essex Regiment