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Cyril SANDER

Regimental number2640
Place of birthAshburton New Zealand
ReligionJewish
OccupationFactory manager
Address25 Wuycombe Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, William Sander, 25 Wuycombe Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Port Napier on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the vicinity of BELLICOURT-NAUROY, from 29th September to 1st October 1918. Early on the 29th September this N.C.O. was blown up by a shell, and wounded in the leg at the same time. Although badly shaken, he refused to leave his section. Later, owing to heavy casualties among the N.C.Os he assumed the command of his Platoon, and although suffering intense pain, he carried on for two days, not reporting himself until his Company had been relieved. Whilst his Company was holding the front line, his Platoon came under an intense enemy barrage. With utter disregard for personal danger, he succeeded in extricating his men without suffering any losses. Throughout the action, he carried out some very valuable reconnaissance under heavy machine gun fire, previous to his Company taking up a position in the advancing line. The splendid example set by this junior N.C.O. and the tactful manner in which he led and controlled his Platoon at all times were of the utmost assistance to his Company Commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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