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Cecil Clement PARSONS

Regimental number2001
Place of birthQuorn South Australia
AddressBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Sydney Alfred Parsons, Korrelocking, Western Australia
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Medal

'On night 24th/25th April 1918 during a counter-attack by their Battalion on strong enemy positions south of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX these N.C.Os and men [PARSONS, 5118 W.A. IVEY, 2190 C. PRICE and 3834 W.J. JACKSON], who are Signal Linesmen, under heavy shell and machine gun fire continually worked at repairing the telephone lines which were constantly out by heavy enemy fire. The amount of information received by Battalion and Brigade Headquarters was due to the untiring energy of these men and their absolute disregard for their own personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1168 Sergeant Leslie Alfred PARSONS, 51st Bn, killed in action, 3 September 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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