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Clarence Cecil TAYT

Regimental number2843
Date of birth1888
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraftsman
AddressPenshurst Street, Penshurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Albert Arthur Tayt, Penshurst Street, Penshurst, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous devotion to duty and disregard of danger near ZONNEBEKE on 20th October, 1917. This man was employed as a telephone linesman maintaining communication between Brigade Headquarters and a Field Company Forward Headquarters. During very heavy enemy shelling the telephone line became broken in 22 places. Single handed he succeeded in repairing the damage and re-establishing communication. The line was again broken many times during the day and he was continuously engaged under heavy fire in keeping it in repair.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1980
Age at death92
Place of burialLeeton Cemetery, New South Wales

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