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Regimental number2445
Place of birthQueanbeyan, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
AddressSt Mary's, via Penrith, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Mallard, Saddington Street, St Mary's, via Penrith, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of insufficient chest measurement).
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Company
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Cecil Mallard was the ex-nuptial son of Sarah Jane MALLARD, and was raised by his maternal grandmother, Lucy MALLARD, whom he was led to believe was his true mother. This was confirmed by Sarah Jane Mallard LILLINGSTON after the war who renounced any claim to his medals and asked that they be given to Lucy MALLARD.

FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of burialPerth Cemetery (China Wall), (Garter Point Cemetery Memorial No. 29) Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Mrs Lucy MALLARD, Saddington Street, St. Mary's, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked at Sydney, 5 October 1915; reported for duty and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 8 January 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, right shoulder), 14 November 191; transferred to England, 19 November 1916, and admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 21 November 1916. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 March 1917; marched in to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 26 March 1917. Proceeded overseas to France and taken on strength, 5th Machine Gun Company, 23 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917. Buried in Garter Point Cemetery, which was later destroyed by enemy shell fire.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

After the war a Special Collective Memorial Cross was erected in the Perth China Wall Cemetery, Zillebeke, upon which which was engraved the details of those soldiers whose original graves in the general area had subsequently been destroyed and lost, the Cross bearing the inscription: 'To the memory of these 19 soldiers of the British Empire, killed in action 1917-18 and buried at the time in Garter Point Cemetery which was destroyed by the enemy. Their glory shall not be blotted out.'

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