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Ernest Laws

Chaplain 4th Class

14th Infantry Brigade & 53rd Battalion


Ernest Laws - Information

Ernest Laws was born in Campbelltown on the 27th of October 1890. His family then moved to the city, where Ernest eventually became a Roman Catholic Priest. While his family resided at 108 New Canterbury Rd in Petersham, Ernest entered the order at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Brisbane. With the advent of war with Germany, Ernest decided to enlist in the AIF to help his fellow man. He signed up on the 11th of July 1916, aged 26.

On the 1st of August 1916, Ernest was appointed Chaplain 4th Class. He was then sent overseas, leaving Sydney aboard the HMAT Wiltshire on the 22nd of August. Landing in Plymouth in October, he was marched into Rollestone Camp. In December, he was posted for duty with the 14th Infantry Brigade and sent to France. He spent several months on the Western Front, providing guidance and comfort to the troops, before illness brought him to London in June 1917. He was then posted for duty with the 53rd Battalion. However, on the 27th of September 1917, Ernest began his journey home to Australia. The following year, he voluntarily resigned from his position on the 16th of February.