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Cecil Charles Harpur BALDWIN

Regimental number3019
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
SchoolFort Street State School, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFaraday Avenue, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Baldwin, Euroma Faraday Avenue, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets, St George's Rifles, 'Legion of Frontiersmen'.
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Great bravery and devotion to duty at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 23 August 1916

Mentioned in Despatches

'Great skill, courage and coolness, resulting in valuable service being rendered. (Ligny, France, 2 March 1917)'
Recommendation date: 7 March 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal. Grandson of Charles Harpur, poet. Portrait of CCH Baldwin is in the Mitchell Library, Sydney, New South Wales.
FateKilled in Action 1 March 1917
Place of death or woundingBapaume, Somme Sector, France
Date of death1 March 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialWarlencourt British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas George and Mary Aveluen Baldwin, "Euroma", Faraday Avenue, Rose Bay, Sydney, New South Wales

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE on 18th. August for great bravery in carrying messages under heavy sniping and shell fire. He was obliged to pass over ground where many had been hit. This he did continuously and throughout the day and later volunteered to go and bring up parties over very dangerous ground. His example was simply splendid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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