Ernest Edward Lockhart
From Our Contribution
31 August 1915 courtesy Elaine de Ruiter
|Date of Birth||c1896|
|Place of Birth||Blakeville, Victoria|
|Death||12 Aug 1916|
|Place of Death||3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station Puchevillers|
|Age at Enlistment||19 years, 1 month|
5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 155lbs|
70.307 kg; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; fair hair
|Address||Gosnells, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Charles Lockhart|
|Date of Enlistment||23 Jun 1915|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||2 Sep 1915 ‒ ? Sep 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A68 Anchises|
WIA 10 Aug 1916 Pozières |
DOW 12 Aug 1916 Puchevillers
Gosnells War Memorial |
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Primary School Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Enlisted in Pinjarra.
Ernest enlisted in Pinjarra, and entered camp on 23 Jun 1915 and was allocated to the 8th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, travelling with them to Egypt and soon after their arrival they were sent forward to Gallipoli.
On 18 Oct 1915 Ernest boarded HMT Kalyan in Alexandria for Mudros Harbour where he disembarked on 22 Oct 1915 and was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion the next day. The return trip was aboard HMAT A11 Ascanius, leaving Mudros Harbour on 27 Dec 1915, and arriving in Alexandria on 30 Dec 1915. His records are silent as to whether he landed on Gallipoli or remained on Lemnos Island.
Back in Egypt, on 27 Feb 1916 he was seen by the 4th Australian Field Ambulance suffering with influenza and transferred to the New Zealand Auxiliary Hospital in Ismailia. Discharged on 3 Mar 1916 he rejoined the battalion the same day. On 1 Jun 1916, along with his unit Ernest boarded HMT Canada in Alexandria Harbour for Marseilles in France, arriving there and disembarking on 9 Jun 1916.
At 7:00pm, on 9 Aug 1916 the 16th Battalion moved into the front line in preparation fro an attack on Pozières. Their particular task was to capture Circular Trench that lay between Pozières and Mouquet Farm. The attack was launched at midnight and was a great success with all objectives taken. The enemy responded with a very heavy artillery bombardment, and during the bombardment on 10 Aug 1916, Ernest received a very serious penetrating shrapnel wound to the head. Evacuated to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 11 Aug 1916, he died from his wound the following day.
Ernest's parents received a telegram from Military officials on 8 Sep 1916 advising that he was wounded (27 days after he had died, and 29 days after he was wounded).