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Cecil Duncan SASSE

Date of birth5 September 1886
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFlat 2, Kingsclare, Mackay Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, F C Sasse, 32 Redcliffe Square, Earls Court, London, England
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name1st Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion


Unit: 4th Battalion
Promotion date: 19 August 1915

Temporary LTCOL

Promotion date: 1 April 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

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

FateDischarged 29 January 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and determination durring the attack on Lone Pine, Gallipoli Peninsula, on the 6th-7th August, 1915, when he led several bayonet charges on trenches occupied by the enemy, resulting in substantial gains. Captain Sasse was wounded three times, but remained on duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 12
Date: 27 January 1916

DSO and Bar

'For conspicuous gallantry in the attack on Chuignolles and Chuignes on 23rd August, 1918. In face of exceedingly heavy fire he brought his battalion through to the final objective with extraordinarily few casualties, and succeeded in capturing several hundred prisoners, and some field guns. He then advanced an additional mile, captured Fontaine les Cappy, and skilfully protected his new position. The brilliant success of his battalion was due to his splendid leadership.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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