Ernest Austin Lindsay

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Date of Birth: 
Thursday, November 10, 1887
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Lindsay (nee Smith)
Father's Name: 
Thomas F Phillips
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, August 8, 1918
Rank at Enlistment: 
Dental Corps
British War Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, May 5, 1977
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Ernest Austin Lindsay was born on 10 November 1887 to Thomas F and Sarah (nee Phillips). His brother, Sid Lindsay of Unanderra had been on active service for over three years by the time Ernest enlisted. He was already married to Lorna de Lisle Lindsay.

Ernest was in the Australian Medical Corps (AMC) Dental Reserve up until 20 May 1916. He enlisted in the AIF on 8 August 1918 at the age of 31. He was reportedly promoted to Lieutenant in September 1917 from Staff-Sergeant.

He embarked from Adelaide on 22 October 1918 aboard HMAT A36 ‘Boonah’.

The troopship was recalled on 20 December 1918 following the end of the war and disembarked for Australia. Ernest was officially discharged on 4 February 1919 and was awarded the British War Medal.

The Australian Electoral rolls for Wollongong show that Ernest lived at 57 Church St Wollongong from 1930 onwards. He subsequently opened a new dental practice on Upper Crown St.

Ernest Lindsay died on 4 May 1977 in Wollongong at the age of 90. His wife, Lorna’s grave is listed on the Australian Cemeteries Index.



NB. This image has been shared by Wollongong City Gallery following the War and Remembrance project (October 2003 – January 2004).

The purpose of the project was to acknowledge the contributions of Illawarra residents in various wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions from the Boer War to the present day.

If anyone has any information or additional photographs of these soldiers and nurses, please contact us.

Sources: Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010.
‘Our Soldiers’, Illawarra Mercury, 14 September 1917, p.6.
Personal’, Illawarra Mercury, 11 October 1918, p.6.

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