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Cyril McEachern LILLIE

Date of birth23 November 1894
SchoolScotch College, Melbourne, Victoria
Address22 Glassford Street, Armadale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, James Lillie, 22 Glassford Street, Armadale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in Scotch College Cadets; 2 yers in 46th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name5th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


'Remarkable coolness & good leadership, Pozieres, 25 July 1916.'
Recommendation date: 31 July 1916

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateDischarged 1 November 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on The Associated Stock & Station Agents of Melbourne Roll of Honour.

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date1 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, 26 May 1915.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, 13 June 1915; transferred to Hospital, Malta, 20 June 1915 (diarrhoea); to Blue Sisters Hospital, Malta, 20 June 1915; to England, 7 July 1915, and admitted to Hospital, Devonport, 20 July 1917; discharged from hospital (date not recorded); proceeded to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 November 1915; disembarked Lemnos, 3 December 1915; joined Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Detached to School of Instruction, Serapeum, 5 February 1916; rejoined Bn, 28 February 1916.

Promoted Captain, 12 March 1916.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, France, 24 February 1917 (phimosis) discharged to duty, 5 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, neck and face), and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train No 20; admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers; to England, 12 October 1917, and admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital, Marylebone, London, 13 October 1917 (shrapnel wound, neck and face: severe); discharged from hospital to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 11 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 December 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 2 January 1918.

Detached to 1st Division Rest Camp, 1 March 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 8 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 23 March 1918.

Rejoined 5th Bn, in the field, 1 April 1918.

Seconded for duty with Overseas Training Brigade, England, 29 July 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 December 1918; rejoined Bn, 24 December 1918.

Marched out to England, 17 April 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 28 April 1919; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 17 May 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 20 days.

Granted leave with pay and subs, 11 July-31 October 1919 (Non-Military Employment: studying wool, Leeds University).

Appointment terminated (discharged) in England, 1 November 1919, but to take effect from 31 December 1919.

Medals: Distinguished service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: called up for full time duty, 30 Jul;y 1941; appointed Commanding Officer, 30th Australian Infantry Bn, 11 August 1942; CO, 5th Australian Infantry Bn, 5 November 1942; appointment terminated, 8 December 1943, and transferred to Reserve of Officers.
SourcesNAA: B2455, LILLIE Cyril McEachern

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