Ernest D. Morshead

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Sergeant E. Morshead, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat.No.536)

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History

Ernest Davey Morshead was born in Ballarat East.[1] He attended the Ballarat School of Mines where he studied Manual Arts in 1914.[2] The Morshead family ran a mens' clothing store at 5 Bridge Street, Ballarat.[3]

Ernest Morshead (1319) enlisted on 27 July 1915 during World War One, at which time he was a 22 year old High School Master.[4] He listed his mother, Mary Elizabeth Morshead, as his next of kin. He died of wounds in the field in France[5] on 19 or 20 July 1916. In November his date of death was confirmed at 20 July 1916.[6] This day is remembered at the Battle of Fromelles. During this battle he 5th Australian Division suffered 5,533 casualties, the 61st British Division suffered 1,547. The German casualties were little more than 1,000. The attack was a complete failure and had no impact whatsoever upon the progress of the Somme offensive. The Australians suffered what is believed to be the greatest loss by a single division in 24 hours during the entire First World War.[7]

On 01 August 1916 Ernest Morshead, a member of the 29th Battalion, was buried at Eaton Hall Military Cemetery, 4 miles from Armentieres. In 1925 the Imperial War Graves Commission write to Mary Morshead informing her that 'in order to conform with the uniform layout of the Rue Pettilon Military Cemetery, France, which is now in course of reconstruction, it has been found necessary to certain former grave registrations, and in consequence the site of the late soldier's resting place has since been allotted: - Plot 1, Row K, Grave 74. ... notwithstanding the above alteration the actual place of burial remains unchanged.'[8]

Legacy

Ernest Morshead's World War One service is recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

See also

Leslie Morshead, Brother of Ernest D. Morshead

Ballarat School of Mines

Ballarat Technical Art School

World War One

Notes

References

  1. NAA: B2455, MORSHEAD ERNEST DAVEY
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1916.
  3. NAA: B2455, MORSHEAD ERNEST DAVEY
  4. NAA: B2455, MORSHEAD ERNEST DAVEY
  5. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1916.
  6. NAA: B2455, MORSHEAD ERNEST DAVEY
  7. https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/fromelles/, accessed 19 July 2016.
  8. NAA: B2455, MORSHEAD ERNEST DAVEY

Further Reading

External links

World War One Enlistment Papers http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7987233

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/4036233/wwi-remembrances/


--Beth Kicinski 17:12, 23 August 2013 (EST); --C.K.Gervasoni 09:48, 2 September 2014 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 14:09, 19 July 2016 (AEST)

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