Ernest James TATE
Born: 18 February, 1888
Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 4040
Birthplace: Keilor, Victoria
Parents: James Tate (Tait)
Died: 2 May, 1915
Cause: Killed In Action
Place of death: Gallipoli, Turkey
Burial place: Unknown - Commemorated at Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli
Awards and Honours
- 1914-1915 Star
- British War Medal 1914-20
- Victory Medal
- 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque
16th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
Regimental Service Number: 795
Enlistment date: 28 September, 1914 Helena Valley, W.A.
Age at enlistment: 26 years 7 months
Address at enlistment: Korrelocking, W.A.
Religion: Church of England
Marital Status: Single
Next of kin: Father: James Tate, Pleasant Vale, Diggers Rest, Victoria
Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 138 pounds
Embarkation ship: HMAT A35 Berrima.
War Service Summary
22/12/1914 - Embarked at Melbourne
28/12/1914 - Left with the 2nd convoy, including the submarine AE2 from Albany, W.A.
28/01/1915 - Arrived at Suez
02/02/1915 - Arrived at Alexandria
22/03/1915 - Transferred to C Company
12/04/1915 Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli Peninsular
25/04/1915 - Landed at Gallipoli with the AIF 16th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement in the afternoon
29/04/1915 - Reported to Field Ambulance with a slight graze
02/05/1915 - Reported missing; Killed in Action; Gallipoli
War Service Commemerated
Killed in action.
Date: 2 May, 1915
02/05/1915 - Participant in the attack on Bloody Angle. The 16th entered action on 2 May with 17 officers and 620 men, but by the time they were withdrawn from the front line on 3 May, they had suffered eight officers and 330 men killed, wounded or missing. Tate was one of those missing, and his body was never found.
04/12/1915 Extract from letter to Commonwealth of Australia Military Office, London, by Pte. Leslie A. Parsons a personal friend: I received this information from men of the 16th Batt. Who saw him shot and fall right on the Turkish trenches, they absolutely stand by this statement given to me. Pre. Tate of the 16th Battalion was shot by the enemy on Tuesday the 27th April in a charge the 16th Battalion made, his body was not recovered.
13/03/1916 - Witness account by Sgt J. Matthews, 4454: "He was in C Company, 10th Platoon he took part in an attack on the position known as Dead Mans Ridge between Popes Post and Quinns Post on 2/5/15. The casualties were very heavy .. Tate has not been seen since."
06/04/1916 Court of Inquiry 4th Aust. Infantry Brigade determined that Ernest was Killed In Action on 02/05/1915.
Memorial: Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli
Personal effects sent to Ernest’s mother ex Seang Choon. One packet containing felt hat, bank book, clothebrush, wallet containing cheque book and letters, hairbrush, calibash pipe, pocket book, watch fob, rubber stamp, address tab, accounts and receipts
1910 Electoral Rolls show Ernest James Tate as:- Farm Hand at Rock View Farm, Calgie1912, 1913 Labourer at Queletting, Korrelocking
First ancestors in Australia were Paul and Hannah Tate. See Keilor Pioneers, Dead Men Do Tell Tales by Angela Evans and the Keilor Pioneer Research Collective. Page 284
19/04/1915 - Brother Frederick Milburn Tate died at the family home.
21/07/1921 - Brother, Herbert A. Tate, resides at “Pleasant Vale”, Diggers Rest.
When father dies in 1920, Mother resides at “Loloma”, 18 Raleigh St., Essendon. She died 02/01/1931
Sunday Times Perth
26 September 1915
Missing Friends Column
TATE – No. 795, Private E. J. Tate, C Co., 16th Battalion, 4th Brigade, A.I.F. Enlisted from Korrelocking, W.A. Information wanted by parents, Diggers’ Rest, Victoria.
Sunday Times Perth
20 April 1919
Tenders for the purchase of leases.
Avon Location 15735, 3 miles north-west of Korrelocking, were two conditional purchase leases in the name of Ernest James Tate
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Regimental / unit records
Diary of H V Reynolds, who also embarked the HMAT Berrima on 22 December, 1915.