Ernest Phillip Malzard

First Name: 
Ernest
Middle Name: 
Phillip
Last Name: 
Malzard
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, October 4, 1885
Mother's Name: 
Clara Malzard nee Winley
Father's Name: 
Phillip Malzard
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, October 18, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Pioneer Battalion
Company: 
E
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 18, 1960
Place of Death: 
Burwood, N.S.W.
Details: 

Ernest Malzard (Service No 3379) was born in Manning River, Western Australia.  On 17th June 1909 he married Mary Wells and they had 3 children.

At enlistment Ernest was 31 years old, worked as a labourer and lived at Kiama, N.S.W. but Eernest stated his marital status as 'single'.  However, it wasn't until 1937 that Ernest filed for divorce, citing desertion, so the marriage may well have ended when he enlisted.

Ernest embarked from Sydney on HMAT A72 Beltana with 1st Pioneer Battalion, 8th Reinforcement on 25th November 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 25th January 1917 and Ernest joined E Company, 1st Pioneer Battalion in France on 11th May 1917 and Ernest saw service on the Western Front.

On 27th February 1918 the Kiama Independent newspaper published a letter from Ernest to his mother, written in early December 1917.  In the letter Ernest said he was including a photo of himself so his family could remember him as he was remembering the family.

Ernest was returned to Australia in February 1919 and discharged from the AIF on 1st May 1919.

In 1928 he was working for the N.S.W. Water Board.

Ernest's divorce was granted and in 1939 he married Kate Colless.

Ernest's service is commemorated on the Kiama Memorial Arch & Honour Rolls.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MALZARD ERNEST PHILLIP

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