Ernest Joseph Power

First Name: 
Ernest
Middle Name: 
Joseph Martin
Last Name: 
Power
Mother's Name: 
Susannah Power nee Lacey
Father's Name: 
Martin Power
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, January 17, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Light Horse Regiment
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, June 16, 1923
Place of Death: 
At sea
Cause of Death: 
Drowning accident
Details: 

Ernest Power (Service No 2659) was born in Lithgow, N.S.W. in 1886. In 1904 he married Frances Richards and the couple had 3 children.

At enlistment Ernest he was 30 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Corrimal, N.S.W.  He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A20 Hororata with 1st Light Horse Regiment, 18th Reinforcement on 2nd May 1916.

Ernest joined the 1st Light Horse  Regiment in Egypt on 12th June 1916 and saw service at Romani.

He was admitted to hospital sick on 18th August 1916 and  repatriated to Australia in January 1917.  Upon his return, Ernest was admitted to Randwick Military Hospital in Sydney.

He was discharged medically unfit from the AIF suffering from myalgia on 3rd May 1917,  with a full pension.  Ernest was admitted to Moree Convalescent Home later that month.

Eventually Ernest returned to work at the Coalcliff mine. 

On 16th June 1923, Ernest was fishing off the south coast with a number of other men when their boat rolled over and 4 of the men drowned, one of whom was Ernest. 

An inquest into the incident was held on 4th July 1923.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, POWER ERNEST JOSEPH

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