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NAIDOC Week 2014 l Serving country: centenary and beyond

NAIDOC Week 2014 l Serving country: centenary and beyond

Indigenous Servicemen in the State Library collection

Ernest James Firth - NSW servicemen portraits, 1918-19


Ernest Firth (Ernie), labourer of Pilliga NSW embarked from Sydney on HMAT SS Hawkes Bay, 23 Oct. 1915 and served with the 1st Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement. He was killed in action in Palestine, 3 Nov. 1917.

Date of Birth: ca.1894
Date of Enlistment: 1.9.1915 in Pilliga NSW, Barindine District
Trade or Calling: Drover
Born in or near what Town: Pilliga
Address prior to Enlistment: Pilliga
Rank, Number, Battalion, Distinctions: Pte no. 1696 1st Light Horse Regiment
Causalities and where: KIA 3.11.1917 in Palestine
Memorial Panel: 2
Cemetery or Memorial Details: Palestine, 1 Beersheba War Cemetery
Name & Address of Next of Kin: Mrs K. Firth of Pilliga (Mother)
Name and last address of Father: Mr P. Firth of Pilliga
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

You can find this on the State Library’s catalogue here.

Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919

Letters, postcards, photographs and newsclippings have been mounted in a volume in alphabetical order, by name of the letter writer. This volume covers the letters A-L.

Ernest James Firth (pages 270-291)

Are you a family member of Ernest James Firth?

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