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Corporal Ernest Corey : 02-January-2010
Corporal Ernest Corey : 02-January-2010

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Sandra Brown

Diorama and a bronze plaque erected in 1979 commemorate Corporal Ernest Corey (Stretcher Bearer - 55th Battalion), the only soldier ever to be awarded the Military Medal and three bars. Corporal Corey died in Cooma in 1972.

On 15 May 1917, in an action near Quéant, his brigade suffered heavy casualties and Corey volunteered to serve as a stretcher-bearer: showing `great courage` he worked for seventeen hours in no man`s land and was awarded the Military Medal. He became a regular stretcher-bearer and won a Bar to his medal for `devotion to duty` in the battle of Polygon Wood on 26 September, carrying out his duties under `very heavy artillery and machine-gun fire`. He was awarded a second Bar for `conspicuous gallantry` at Péronne on 1-2 September 1918 and a third during the attack on the Hindenburg Line north of Bellicourt on 30 September.

At Bellicourt, Corey, who had been promoted corporal nine days earlier, was in charge of the battalion`s stretcher-bearers and, despite intense machine-gun and shell-fire, directed them with the utmost skill and bravery, regardless of personal danger. He attended to men and carried them from the most exposed positions` until he himself was severely wounded and evacuated. He returned to Australia on 30 April 1919.

Location

Address:Vale Street, Behind Cenotaph, Cooma, 2630
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.234227
Long: 149.123849
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Chris Graham

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1979
Front Inscription

               IN HONOUR OF 
           2143 CORPORAL
      ERNEST ALBERT COREY 

     MILITARY MEDAL AND 3 BARS
55TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
                       1ST A.I.F.
A MEMBER OF THE MEN FROM
SNOWY RIVER MARCH DELEGATE TO
                    GOULBURN
THE ONLY SOLDIER EVER TO HAVE
            BEEN AWARDED A
     MILITARY MEDAL AND 3 BARS
                1891 - 1972
ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF MONARO 1979





 

Source: SKP, NRWM, ADB, MA
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