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Ernest Scanlan



Ernest Scanlan


Ernest Scanlan

Also known as

Scanlan, Ernest Henry


Returned ANZACs; Territory ANZACs; First World War, 1914-1918

Place of birth


Place of enlistment

Brisbane (Qld.)

Date of enlistment





Mechanical engineer


Australian Imperial Force


1st Tunnelling Company, 1 Mining Corps



Service number


Next of kin

Stella Scanlan - Daughter ; 52 Lavender Street, North Sydney, N.S.W.

Honours and awards

Military Medal

Biographical notes

Scanlan was apprenticed in Belfast for 4 years to Harland and Wolfe's ship building company that later built the Titanic. During 1914, he managed the Union Reefs Gold Mining Syndicate of the Northern Territory, which received a grant of 160 acres on the Union and Lady Alice line of reef from the government.


Scalan served with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Boer War, Breaker Morant's unit. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A38 'Ulysses' on 20 February 1916 and returned to Australia on 19 April 1919. He was awarded the Military Medal on 9 April 1917.


World War, 1914-1918; Northern Territory; Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; History; ANZAC

Related links

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8076265; http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/items/ACCNUM_LARGE/RCDIG1067112/RCDIG1067112--75-.JPG; http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page/R1553270/; http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/awm4/16/2/; http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/38686275; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3278117; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3278830; http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1530581/; http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8076265 [Service Record]; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3278117 ["Soldiers letters", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 16 March 1916: p.15.]; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3278830 ["News & Notes", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 9 July 1914: p.12.]; http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/38686275 [Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.59.]; http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/awm4/16/2/ [Unit War Diary]; http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page/R1553270/ [Nominal Roll]; http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/items/ACCNUM_LARGE/RCDIG1067112/RCDIG1067112--75-.JPG [Embarkation Roll - HMAT A38 'Ulysses']; http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1530581/ [Military Medal]

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