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Cecil William BAXTER

Regimental number5
Place of birthMilton New South Wales
SchoolMilton Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressVictoria Barracks, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs W Baxter, Dunbible, Tweed River, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in Australian Field Artillery, Sydney, NSW
Enlistment date30 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Head-Quarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd A.F.A. Bde. Australian Field Artillery
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
FateKilled in Action 13 August 1917
Place of death or woundingnr Nieuport, Belgium
Date of death13 August 1917
Age at death24.10
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialCoxyde Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 21), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Robert and Mary Jane BAXTER, Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Native of Milton, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource on 12th and 13th July 1915, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, when, under a heavy shell and rifle fire, he continually repaired telephone lines, thereby assisting to maintain communications at a time when any interruption would have entailed serious consequences. Bombardier Baxter has previously been brought to notice for coolness and bravery in performing similar work during the period from the 6th to the 15th May.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. By his untiring energy and fearlessness he maintained communications during an intense hostile bombardment, and rendered the most valuable asistance before, during, and subsequent to an assault, which he closely followed up in spite of heavy enemy barrage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 29 December 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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