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Cyril Leggatt SELL

Regimental number657
Place of birthPicton, New South Wales
SchoolDarlington and Fort Street Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDalhousie Street, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jennie Sell, 'Tensre', Dalhousie Street, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, B Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 7 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Leggatt spelt Teggatt
Place of death or woundingBeaurevoir, Hindenburg Line
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialTourgeville Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Reuben and Jennie SELL, Ruthedge Street, Eastwood, New South Wales. Native of Picton, New South Wales

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when a party of 300 of the enemy attacked his trenches, 50 of whom entered into the front trench and opened enfilade fire with a machine gun. He led a bombing party of thirteen men along the trench and after a stubborn fight, in which he showed persistent gallantry against considerable odds routed the enemy, capturing two machine guns and three prisoners. He did fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack east of Villers-Bretonneux on 8th August 1918. He led his company brilliantly and maintained touch successfully under heavy fire. His cool courage and good leadership helped considerably towards the successful capture of the battalion objective. After the objective had been captured he organized parties to deal with troublesome enemy positions on the outskirts of Warfusse-Abancourt. He personally led a section of seven men against two posts in succession, capturing fifteen prisoners and killing ten of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: Harold Sell, killed in action, October 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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