Ernest Wallace Christie, MC, RFA

1891 Sep 6. Born Bramley, Yorkshire West Riding

1901 census at 8, Hall View, Wortley

1911 census at 8 Hall View New Wortley Leeds

1915 Jul 20 Lands in France.

1917 Aug 26. The undermentioned, from an Officer Cadet Unit, to be 2nd Lts.: — RFA Ernest Wallace Christie.

1919 Feb 1. Gazetted MC. 2nd Lt. Ernest Wallace Christie, R.F.A., S.R., attd. A/64th Army Bde. At Poelcapelle, on 28th September, 1918, whilst driving into action, two teams were hit and five men wounded. This officer showed great coolness and resource in getting the remaining teams clear, and removing the wounded to a place of safety. During all the time shells were falling thickly, in and around the battery position.

1919 Feb 22. RFA. The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts.- E W Christie M.C

1920 Apr 1. RFA. The undermentioned Lts. relinquish their commns. And retain the rank of Lt. : — E. W. Christie, M.C.

1920 Dec 6. Joined ADRIC with service no 1161. Posted to I Coy

1921 Apr 4. Takes part in a raid

1922 Jan 18. Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1939 Register . Living at Ivydene Canada Drive , Aireborough U.D., Yorkshire (West Riding), England , unemployed agent and formerly an Estabishment Civil Servant

1940 Aug 12. Auxiliary Pioneer Corps. The undermentioned to be Lts.: — Lt. Ernest Wallace CHRISTIE, M.C. (97261).

1941 Apr 23. Capt Ernest W Christie, born Leeds, Pioneer Corps, Died Greece. Buried Phaleron War Cemetery. Son of Alexander and Annie Marr Christie.

To allow an evacuation of the main body of British forces, Wilson ordered the rearguard to make a last stand at the historic Thermopylae pass, the gateway to Athens. General Freyberg's 2nd New Zealand Division was given the task of defending the coastal pass, while Mackay's 6th Australian Division was to hold the village of Brallos. After the battle Mackay was quoted as saying "I did not dream of evacuation; I thought that we'd hang on for about a fortnight and be beaten by weight of numbers." When the order to retreat was received on the morning of 23 April, it was decided that the two positions were to be held by one brigade each. These brigades, the 19th Australian and 6th New Zealand were to hold the passes as long as possible, allowing the other units to withdraw. The Germans attacked at 11:30 on 24 April, met fierce resistance, lost 15 tanks and sustained considerable casualties

A reconstructed War Diary, from isolated scraps, of 606 Coy., PC., mentions that Christie was killed/died of wounds while embarked, during an attack on the vessel the Pancration off Milos. He was buried ashore when the ship docked. At the end of the war, his isolated grave was 'concentrated' into Phaleron. Greek steamer .

This War Diary describes events that took place in Milos from 23 April 1941 until 1 May 1941, although recorded very briefly (three lines). On the morning of 23 April 1941, 606 Coy Deputy Commander Captain E. W. Christie, MC. (Military Cross) was killed in enemy action - during the attack and bombing of the “PANCRATION” on its way to Milos Bay – by Italian airplanes. During the balltle, the company shot down two enemy planes .The company arrived to shore in the early afternoon of that day. On 24 April 1941, the ship sunk. While staying in Milos Island, the company endured several air raids daily, shot down two enemy planes and overcame a heavy attack by 15 hydroplanes

1941 Apr 21 At 19.30 The ’PANKRATION’ [= ’PANCRATION’] 600 tones, 5 ½ nots [= knots] speed, no life belts two leaking boats was occupied by Major Murray, Cpt. Christi [Christie], Cpt. McCulloch, 2/Lt. Shifman and 392 OR. of 606 and 603 Coy P. C. Left Pireus Harbour at 00.30 on Apr 22. On the morning of 23 April 1941, 606 Coy Deputy Commander Captain E. W. Christie, MC. (Military Cross) was killed in enemy action - during the attack and bombing of the “PANCRATION” on its way to Milos Bay – by Italian airplanes. During the balltle, the company shot down two enemy planes .The company arrived to shore in the early afternoon of that day. On 24 April 1941, the ship sunk. While staying in Milos Island, the company endured several air raids daily, shot down two enemy planes and overcame a heavy attack by 15 hydroplanes.

 

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