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Cecil Charles MORTON

Regimental number7294
Place of birthToowoomba Queensland
OccupationMining engineer
AddressState School, Yeronga, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, C R Morton, State School, Yeronga, Queensland
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).
Recommendation date: "6 March 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 13 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Cross

'On the morning of 29th September 1918, at Hargicourt, during the attack on the Hindenburg line, he was on duty with his section. Under heavy enemy counter barrage he moved from gun to gun, encouraging the gunners in their task. He assisted in the removal of wounded to shelter, and started the reinforcing gun detachments on the barrage, so that no time was lost nor rounds missed. He showed great coolness and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

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

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