Ernest Alfed BILLING

Regimental number10/3832
Next of kinFather, Thomas John Billing, Farmer, Hine Street, New Plymouth
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, 10th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 4 March 1916
Final rankLance Corporal
Final unit1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
FateDied of wounds 12 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialGezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row L, Grave No 19), France
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas John and Emma Jane Billing, Hine Street, New Plymouth. Native cf Rahotu

Military Medal

'On the 3rd day of December 1917 near Ypres, this NCO displayed the very greatest courage and good leadership. His Battallion was on the left of the 2nd NZ Infantry Brigade, which had that day attacked Polderhoek Chateau, and no information could be obtained as to the situation. That night, in charge of a patrol of 2 men and in spite of heavy shell and machine gun fire this N.C.O. reconnoitred the ground between his Battallion and the enemy, and pushing his way across the Rueutelbeek, which was almost impassable, he advanced to within 40 yards of the Chateau, finding it strongly held by the enemy and reconnoitiring the whole of the position, held by the 2nd Brigade, returned with most valuable information. The patrol was a very hazardous and difficult task and was carried out in a very masterly manner and at great personal risk. Throughout this N.C.O. displayed the very greatest courage and the highest quality of good leadership.'
Source: 'London Gazette'
Date: 13 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 2: Roll 26, p. 11

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