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Cecil Roy ANDERSON

Regimental number2368
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address2 McNall Street, South Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Minnie Anderson, 2 McNall Street, South Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date7 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 4 September 1918
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row E, Grave No. 13). France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
165
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on the outskirts of PERONNE and the village of FLAMICOURT on 2nd September 1918. As a stretcher bearer this N.C.O. displayed magnificent gallantry and devotion to duty. The area over which he worked consisted chiefly of streets and buildings which were subjected to an intense bombardment by the enemy and made the carrying out of his duties extremely dangerous and difficult. In spite of these trying and difficult circumstances this N.C.O. carried on with his duty for 9 hours without a break. His self sacrifice and gallantry resulted in the saving of many lives. This gallant N.C.O. set a high example to his team of stretcher bearers and did not cease work until he himself fell a victim to an enemy shell and was dangerously wounded. His magnificent example of self sacrifice and devotion to duty was worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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