Ernest Samuel NORTHEY MM


NORTHEY, Ernest Samuel

Service Number: 6294
Enlisted: 14 July 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 4th Divisional Signal Company
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, 1894
Home Town: Adamstown, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of Illness (tuberculosis), Woodville Red Cross Home, New South Wales, 10 November 1919
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Wesleyan Methodist Section LSE, Lot 46
Memorials: Adamstown Methodist Church Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hope of Adamstown Tent No I.O.R. 76, Sydney NSW Dept. of Trade and Customs Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6294, Sydney, New South Wales
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6294, 5th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6294, 5th Field Ambulance, HMAT Port Lincoln, Sydney
7 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6294, 3rd Australian General Hospital, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 4th Divisional Signal Company
31 Aug 1916: Honoured Military Medal, Battle for Pozières
18 Jan 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 6294, 4th Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Ulysses (return to Australia)
10 Nov 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 6294, 4th Divisional Signal Company

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 1894 in Broken Hill, New South Wales.

Father Samuel George Northey (b. 13/11/1875 - d. 29/12/1948 - 75 years of age) and
Mother Elizabeth Mary Northey (nee Thomas, d. 24/09/1932 - 59 years of age)
the family lived at Hampden Avenue, Adamstown, NSW

Harold Northey (b. 1900)
Miriam F Northey (b. 1908)

Prior to enlisting Ernest worked as a Clerk with Customs House, in Newcastle.

Previous service
39th Fortress Company, Australian Engineers
16th Infantry - seconded for Expeditionary Forces

Ernest was described on enlisting as 20 years 9 months of age; 5' 5" tall; 112 lbs;
dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; Methodist

14/07/1915  enlisted in Liverpool, NSW

13/10/1915  embarked Sydney, NSW onboard HMAT Port Lincoln
                   as a Private in Australian Army Medical Corps, 5th Field Ambulance
                   6th reinforcements

04/12/1915  proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
                   in Gallipoli

07/12/1915  transferred to No.3 Australian General Hospital

12/02/1916  sick with Influenza - admitted to No.3 Australian General Hospital
16/03/1916  discharged to duty

23/03/1916  taken on strength 4th Divisional Signal Company

08/06/1916  disembarked off of HT Kinsfaun Castle into Marseilles, France
                  to join British Expeditionary Forces

09/10/1916  Awarded the MILITARY MEDAL (MM) for
                  "...good work on the night of 31st August 1916 when repairing telephone
                   lines for thirteen hours under very severe enemy shell fire...
                   It was greatly due to his continuous efforts that good communication was
                   maintained between Brigade Headquarters and Battalions during the period
                   the Brigade was in action at POZIERES."

22/06/1917   granted furlo (leave)
02/07/1917   returned from leave

10/02/1918  sick with pyrexia - admitted to No.2 Casualty Clearing Station, France
17/02/1918  embarked to England
                   admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital, Harefield, England

30/08/1918  marched out to overseas training brigade, Hurdcott

11/10/1918  marched out to training depot (Signal Section) Clifton, Longbridge

22/10/1918  rejoined 4th Divisional Signal Company in the field

27/11/1918  taken on strength of the Commercial School (AIF Education Scheme)

18/01/1919  returned to Australia onboard HT Ulysses

18/01/1919  admitted to hospital, Tubercular - at sea
04/03/1919  disembarked into Australia

10/11/1919  died of pulmonary tuberculosis (effects received in action)
                  at Woodville Red Cross Home, Randwick Hospital, NSW

buried in:    Sandgate General Cemetery, Sandgate (Newcastle), NSW
                  with parents grave
                  Portion: Weslyan_Methodist; Section LSE; Lot 46

The funeral of Sapper Ernest Samuel Northey MM, took place on Wednesday, and the large attendance testified to the esteem in which the young soldier was held.

There was a large muster of returned soldiers, and the patriotic bodies were well represented. The remains were conveyed on a gun carriage draped with the deceased's battalion colours and the Union Jack.

The Rev. J. H. Margetts held a short service at the house prior to the funeral, and spoke of the high and Christian character of the deceased. 
He also officiated at the graveside, being assisted by Mr. A. Lowbridge, who read the service of the Rechabite Lodge, of which deceased was a member.

The pall-bearers were Sergeant S. Martin and Bugler Smith, representing the Returned Soldiers' Association, and Privates H. Turnbull, J. Davis, Barrett, and J. Mlilgate. Bugler Smith sounded "The Last Post" at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The soldiers paraded under Lieutenant R. B. Wilson, A.F.C., assisted by Lieutenant P. Flannigan.

Medals:     Military Medal; 1914/15 Star (21299); British War medal (20924);
                Victory medal (20846);  Memorial Plaque and Scroll (881221)

An application for a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque was submitted September 2016.

His name is commemorated on:-

- a Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
- Panel 26 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- Adamstown War Memorial
- Adamstown Methodist Church Roll of Honour
- Newcastle 39th Fortress Company
- Australian Engineers Honour Roll
- Adamstown Independent Order of Rechabites (Tent No-76) Honour Roll
- Newcastle Lodge No.20 L.O.L. (Loyal Orange Lodge) Roll of Honour
- Customs House World War 1 Roll of Honour

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  22/03/2017.  Lest we forget.