Ernest Paterson LAUNDERS

LAUNDERS, Ernest Paterson

Service Number: 4257
Enlisted: 17 August 1915, Narrabri
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 14th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia, 11 January 1890
Home Town: Gunnedah, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Gunnedah Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Tailor
Died: Natural causes, Ashbury, New South Wales, 27 April 1974, aged 84 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Gunnedah Public School WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4257, 1st Infantry Battalion, Narrabri
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, 4257, 1st Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, 4257, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
16 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 54th Infantry Battalion
16 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 14th Field Artillery Brigade
8 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 14th Field Artillery Brigade
15 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, 4257, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , HT Orontes, London for return to Australia - arriving 1 July 1919
1 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, 4257, 14th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Driver Ernest Patterson Launders, 55th Battery, 14th Field Artillery Brigade was born and educated at Gunnedah. The son of John and Elizabeth Launders of Bloomfield Street, Gunnedah he enlisted in August 1915.

A tailor by trade, he sailed for Egypt on 20 December 1915 as part of the 13th Reinforcements for the 1st Battalion. Upon arrival in Egypt he was transferred to the 54th Battalion and appointed a Driver in the 14th Field Artillery Brigade. He then undertook artillery training until June 1916 when he sailed for France.

In the firing line for several months he fell ill with mumps and then influenza and was evacuated to England. Upon his recovery, he was sent back to the trenches in early 1918 and was there until the Armistice.

Ernest Launders returned to Australia in mid 1919. He then listed his surname as 'Landers' - a simplification of Launders.

In 1923 at Manilla, New South Wales he married Edna Bailey. The couple lived at Aberdeen in the upper Hunter Valley from the late 1920s where Ernest plied his trade as a tailor. During the mid 1950s Ernest and Edna moved to Sydney, living at 21 Roslyn Street, Ashbury for the rest of their married life.

In 1974, Ernest Landers (Launders), late 14th Field Artillery Brigade, AIF died at the age of 84. His wife of 51 years, Edna, passed away in 1976.