Ernest William CHICKEN MC, DCM, MM, MiD


CHICKEN, Ernest William

Service Number: N278551
Enlisted: 14 January 1941, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Washington, England, 20 June 1897
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Managing Director (Exclusive Homes Pty Ltd)
Died: Died of Illness (sudden), Sydney, New South Wales, 16 December 1943, aged 46 years
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
AIF Wall Niche 322 -ZB
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Jan 1915: Involvement British Army, Unspecified British Units

World War 2 Service

14 Jan 1941: Enlisted Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2), Captain, SN N278551, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Sydney, New South Wales
16 Dec 1943: Involvement Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2), Captain, SN N278551, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Ernest William CHICKEN was born on 20th June, 1897 in Washington, England

His parents were Matthew & Mary CHICKEN

He married Ida Mary HILL in England in 1919 - 5 known children

Ernie, Raymond (AIF) Alwyn, Neville & Winsome

His son Raymond Eames CHICKEN (SN NX111592) died on 25th June, 1945

Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

DCM citation:

"For conspicuous gallantry. Lance-Corporal Chicken, on two occasions, went out within 70 yards of the enemy trenches, and carried in wounded men, exhibiting great bravery and devotion to duty." London Gazette 11 March 1916.



Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Members of the 4th Battalion, V.D.C., will learn with regret of the death of Captain Ernest William Chicken, M.C., D.C.M., M.M., who was Adjutant in the V.D.C. at Taree two years ago. He died suddenly on Wednesday last, and the funeral took place in Sydney on Friday. His widow, two sons and a daughter survive. Lieutenant Wade, the present Adjutant at Taree, attended the funeral." - from the Dungog Chronicle 24 Dec 1943 (