Ernest James MCCREDDEN

MCCREDDEN, Ernest James

Service Number: 2278
Enlisted: 14 April 1915, Provost - Bendigo
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 12th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Corack East, Victoria, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Reedy Dam, Buloke, Victoria
Schooling: Reedy Dam State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 June 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Meteren Military Cemetery
Meteren Military Cemetery, Meteren, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beulah Memorial Gates, Birchip War Memorial, Lascelles War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, 2278, Detention Barracks, Provost - Bendigo
11 May 1917: Involvement Private, 2278, 13th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '3' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
11 May 1917: Embarked Private, 2278, 13th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
23 Jun 1918: Involvement Gunner, 2278, 12th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2278 awm_unit: 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Gunner awm_died_date: 1918-06-23

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Ernest was the fifth of twelve children of William John McCredden (b1863 in Terang, Victoria) and Margaret Ann Wylie (b1858 in Mokey Gully, Linton, Victoria). William - a Farmer - and Margaret married in 1886 in St Arnaud, Wimmera and settled at Reedy Dam in Birchip where William was a Farmer. Nine sons volunteered in WWI, with five sons being attested. Three sons were KiA - John, Albert and Ernest.

A Farmer at Reedy Dam in April 1914, Ernest enlisted in the AIF (Service No:2278), serving initially as a Military Policeman at Broadmeadows and Seymour, and as Provost Sergeant at the Commonwelth Detention Barracks in Bendigo, beofre joining the 13th Light Horse Regiment as a Trooper. Ernest was in France when he transferred to 12th Field Artillery Brigade as a Gunner and was in France when he was KiA in 1918. Ernest was 'Buried in support trenches in front of Meteren about 300 yards from the Flete Meteren road' (National Archives Australia).