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Cecil George BLUNDEN

Regimental number2044
Place of birthBathurst, New South Wales
SchoolThornleigh Public School, New South Wales
OccupationTelegraph lineman
Address'Nubryan', 24 Northcote Street, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 11.75"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Washington Blunden, 'Nubryan', 24 Northcote Street, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1918
Date of death22 May 1920
Age at death31
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, New South Wales
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 August 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 October 1916, and taken on strength, 9th Training Bn, Codford.

Transferred to 35th Bn, 26 October 1916.

Admitted to Parkhouse Hospital, 10 November 1916 (mumps).

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; rejoined 35th Bn, in the field, 4 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm); admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 8 June 1917, and transferred same day to Casualty Clearing Station; to 56th General Hospital, Etaples, 8 June 1917; to 6th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne; to 5th Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 18 July 1917; to 3rd Australian Division Base Depot, Rouelles, 13 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 28 August 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 12 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left hand), and admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 13 October 1917, and then to Ambulance Train No 20; admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 13 October 1917; transferred to England, 14 October 1917, and admitted to Toxteth Park Military Hospital, Liverpool (affiliated to 1st Western General Hospital); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 February 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 5 April 1918; disembarked Sydney, 1 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died at No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick Hospital, 22 May 1920: primary cause, pulmonary tuberculosis; secondary case (contributory), exhaustion.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLUNDEN Cecil George

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