|Place of birth||Glen Innes, New South Wales|
|Address||Bathurst Road, Katoomba, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Susan Silk, Bathurst Road, Katoomba, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||5th Field Ambulance|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||3004|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||14th Field Ambulance|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: James and Mary SILK|
'While conveying 4 stretcher casualties in the Horses Ambulance Wagon of which he was Wagon Corporal along the Corduroy Road from WESTHOEK RIDGE to MENIN ROAD, south east of YPRES on the afternoon of 12th October, 1917, he came under heavy hostile shell fire, which destroyed a team of mules in a limber and blew up the track over which his wagon had to pass. He steadied the Drivers and cleared the track where it was blocked by broken limbers and dead mules and then repaired the corduroy tracks sufficiently for the wagons to pass along. He practically did the work himself while the shelling continued. The 4 patients were brought slowly and safely to BIRR CROSS ROADS.....'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Commonwealth', 18 April 1919; arrived Melbourne, 8 June 1919, to disembark Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 27 September 1919.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalDeath attributed to war service.
|Date of death|
|Age at death||50|
|Place of burial||Katoomba Cemetery, New South Wales|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, SILK Cornelius Ambrose|