Three: Lance-Corporal E. L. Hignett, 3rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force 1914-15 Star (1285 Pte E. L. Hignett. 3/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (1285 L-Cpl. E. L. Hignett. 3-Bn. A.I.F.)
Lance Corporal Ernest Lewis Hignett's embarked on the 20th October 1914 with the 3rd Battalion
The Red Cross file on Ernest gives us the following eyewitness statements as to what happened to him on Gallipoli shortly after he landed
“This happened a fortnight after we had landed (April 25th)”
“In a trench in front of Lone Pine”
“Hignett was sitting in a dug-out with Cpl Hane of the 3rd. Batt, from whom I obtained the following information later”. “A shell came through the wall of the dug-out and took his knee right off. He was carried away on a stretcher. He never winged and sat up to the salute as he passed Major Lamb, who seeing his condition was moved to tears. He was taken to the beach.”
Lance Corporal Ernest Lewis Hignett died in hospital in Egypt from the wound he sustained at Gallipoli serving in the 3rd Battalion A.I.F. on the 17th May 1915
He is buried at Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt
The eyewitness statements leave no doubt as to how tough a man Hignett was, he took his injury in his stride when most people would understandably be in hysterics.
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