Private Ernest Lachlan Powter

Service number 4919
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Orange
Death Date 1916-11-01
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Ernest Lachlan Powter (4919, 53rd Battalion) was born in Orange, NSW. He was working as a junior clerk when he enlisted in September 1915. Ernest died of wounds received in action near Flers on 1 November 1916 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. His father wrote that he was 16 years 8 months at the time of his death. Ernest’s brother Gunner Claude Jabez Powter was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal.



Date of enlistment 22 September 1915
Date of embarkation 08 March 1916
Date of death 01 November 1916
Date of fate 01 November 1916