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Cecil Herbert SPEER

Date of birth7 March 1892
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMechanical engineer
AddressThe Rosery, Jessamine Street, Bowral, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Richard Speer, The Rosery, Jessamine Street, Bowral, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 February 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name3rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Served with the 3rd Battalion at Gallipoli 25 June 1915 to 28 July 1915, having been wounded on 27 July 1915. Served with 3rd Battalion in France from 16 September 1916 until 20 October 1916 when he was transferred to 46th Battalion where he rose to Major and second in charge of that Battalion. Was wounded at Bullecourt on 9 March 1917. Was recommended for Victoria Cross, but no senior officer was available to confirm so recommendation lapsed.
Discharge date13 February 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 July 1956
Age at death64
Place of burialCremated Rookwood Crematorium; ashes interred in a niche in a memorial wall to St. Anne's Anglican Church, Strathfield, New South Wales.

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