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Cecil James PLENTY

Regimental number1123
Place of birthBowden South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressEighth Street, Bowden, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bertha Jane Plenty, same address
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Divisional routine Orders

Recommendation date: "3 August 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 June 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of the 31st May, 1918, east of AMIENS, 1st June, 1918, east of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, this man was a member of a party which raided the enemy trenches. On entering the trench the enemy were found in strength and a hand to hand fight took place. Private PLENTY fought with great gallantry and bravery, thus materially assisting his party in their withdrawal to our lines from a difficult position. He personally carried his Officer who was twice wounded subsequently to our one lines under very heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and twice later during the night he guided patrols in No Man's Land while in their search for wounded and dead. Throughout the whole period his actions were characterised by conspicuous gallantry and the utmost devotion to duty and he set an excellent example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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