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Cyril Ardrearnst BEMOLD

Regimental number4255
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPort Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ada Bemold, 24 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 7 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and initiative during the operations near Bellicourt, between 29 September and 1 October 1918. While his company was advancing near Magny-la-Fosse he single handed, rushed forward and attacked an enemy machine gun post, securing the entire crews, comprising one officer and thirteen other ranks, together with a machine gun. He also did splendid work as observer and platoon runner. Throughout he showed marked courage and ability.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Discharge date15 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 November 1916; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 26 December 1916; discharged from ship's hospital, 27 December 1916; admitted to ship's hospital, 3 January 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 5 January 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 April 1917; reverted to Private, 11 April 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 21 April 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 26 April 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 18 July 1917 (injury to head); discharged to duty, 19 July 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 January 1918 (varicose veins, left leg), and transferred same day to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne; transferred to Base Depot, Havre, 8 February 1918.

Admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 9 February 1918 (varicose veins, left leg); transferred to No 4 Convalescent Depot, 13 March 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 27 April 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, in the field, 3 June 1918.

Found guilty, 11 June 1918, of being absent without leave in that he was absent from his billet without permission on 7 June 1918 and was absent when Company marched out to new billets on 7 June 1918: reverted to Private.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 August 1918.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Embarked Havre, 28 February 1919; disembarked Southampton, 1 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Denison', 25 March 1919; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 8 April 1919 (tonsilitis); discharged from ship's hospital, 11 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 8 May 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 15 June 1919.

War service: 2 years 256 days (of which 2 years 183 days were abroad)

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Ardreanist.
Date of death18 September 1938
Age at death42
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 1A, Grave No. 2 East), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BEMOLD Cyril Ardrearnst

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