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Cyril Roy RANKIN

Regimental number1399
Place of birthRotorua New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngineer
Address16 Undercliffe Street, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Minnie Elma Rankin, 16 Undercliffe Street, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4138
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 25 February 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during rescue operations near Anzac on 29th October, 1915, when he twice descended a mine shaft which was foul with gas fumes. He inspected each branch down the shaft, and was only just able to reach the mouth of the tunnel again.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44
Date: 6 April 1916

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