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Date of birth--/--/1887
Place of birthWoodville New Zealand
OccupationElectrical fitter
Address'Chelsea', Fleet Street, Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinW Cheesman, 'Chelsea', Fleet Street, Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name5th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Engineers


Unit: 2nd Division engineers
Promotion date: 11 November 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. He led forward a party of sappers with the attacking party, and commenced work on the saps immediately. Although he received two wounds in the first few minutes, and his wrist was broken, he carried on for two hours, till he became too weak to go on.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Distinguished Service Order

'For very conspicuous gallantry and devotion under exceptionally heavy fire from the 30th August to 1st September, 1918, during reconnaissances for a construction of bridges across the Somme Canal. By dint of his example and inspiring spirit in face of every kind of difficulty and opposition, and although time after time driven off by heavy shell and machine gun fire, with severe casualties, he carried out his work, and the ultimate success of the operations was greatly due to his coolness, courage and unflagging energy '.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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

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