Service with other Units
NX37708 - McNIVEN, Ernest Francis, Pte.
Nominal Roll details
Military Medal (MM)
"At GEMAS on 15 January, 1942, two tanks endeavoured to proceed
beyond our road block and opened fire with cannon and medium
machine gun (MMG) on to our Anti Tank guns, which were disposed
on each side of the road. From the fire, two of the Anti Tank
gunners were wounded. Despite this heavy fire, Pte. McNiven
crossed the road and treated one severely wounded man and then
carried him to safety of a ditch. Despite the fire continuing,
he returned and treated the other less severely wounded man and
carried him to safety also.
Throughout all the period the wounded were being treated, enemy
machine gun (MG) and mortar fire in addition to fire from the
enemy tanks were being directed down the road. Pte. McNiven
carried on his treatment of wounded unperturbed, and showed
admirable courage and devotion to duty which I consider fully
merits reward and I recommend he be awarded the Military Medal."
(Source: 2/30 Bn.
Archives - originally transcribed from the
Diary of Brigadier D.S. Maxwell by The Army Museum Sydney
Foundation in 1998.)