Ernest was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1886 to Charles Oliver and Clara Grace Mills. Ernest married Alice Linda Saunders in 1910 and they had a daughter, Linda Grace, born in Brighton in 1911. Ernest had two brothers, Charles and Robert , also KIA, who are also remembered in the Avenue.
Ernest was a painter, living at Brighton, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF on the 13th of July 1915, aged 29. He embarked aboard the HMAT A11 Ascanius in November with the 29th Battalion,
A Company, disembarking at Suez, Egypt in December.
He was my particular pal. He was coming back a few yards behind us. We heard him shout and a shell burst behind us. We got the live and injured men out afterwards, but nothing was seen of Oliver. It was coming back from a dummy trench on the morning of the 20th.Source: Pte OShannassy 317
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918 and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.
Ernest was also remembered at VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France. However in 2009, 250 bodies were recovered from a mass grave at Pheasant Wood, France and in 2014 Ernest was identified as one of the bodies using DNA technology(1) and his remains are now buried at Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery(2), Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. It is unclear if he is still remembered at VC Corner.
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