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Cecil John CLIFTON

Regimental number3024
Place of birthBoorowa New South Wales
OccupationStation overseer
AddressUrangara, Cooper Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs E J Clifton, Urangara, Cooper Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 1 March 1918

Military Cross

Work at Hargicourt on 18 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Cross

'For marked gallantry and devotion to duty at Hargicourt on 18th September 1918. He led his company in the attack with great skill and determination. All his company officers were wounded early in the advice, but he led his men forward, re-organized his company, and consolidated his objective under heavy machine gun and rifle fire. He was wounded and severely shaken by a shell, but remained at duty until the completion of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: [523] Lt Harold Ernest CLIFTON MC, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 10 March 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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