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Cecil Giles TEASDALE

Regimental number3605
Place of birthKerang, Victoria
SchoolAppin State School, nr Kerang, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationDriver
AddressKerang, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, John Knight Teasdale, Kerang, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 67th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date6 July 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Ormonde on 2 March 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingVille-sur-Ancre, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialMericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
171
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Knight and Marion Elizabeth TEASALE, Wyndham Street, Shepparton, Victoria. Native of Appin, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Statement, Red Cross File No 2710702J, Lt M.M. GORDON, 60th Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 10 October 1918: 'He was shot through the head by a sniper at about 10 a.m. on 4th July near Ville-sur-Ancre. He was buried on the 5th or 6th in the Military Cemetery, Mericourt l'Abbe, and the grave duly marked. The ground was held.'

Second statement, 3561 Pte N.J. MALCOLM, C Company, 60th Bn, 29 September 1918: 'They [TEASDALE and 3610 J.M. WATSON] were killed on the Morlancourt front, and were buried in the Cemetery near a village not far from there. I saw the graves and there were crosses up with their names and units on them.'

Third statement, 3329 Corporal E. JUDD, C Company, 60th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 9 October 1918: 'He was in "C" Coy. and in No. 10 Platoon of that Company. I saw him killed at Villers-sur-Ancre when death was instantaneous, he being hit in the head by a bullet. He was killed in action at the "hop-over" in the early morning of July 4/18. I did not know him very well, but he came from Victoria. I saw his grave in a cemetery at Merricourt [sic] and grave was marked by a cross having full details marked thereon.'

Fourth statement, 2032 Pte J.H. CAMPBELL, 60th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 12 October 1918: 'At Morlancourt. Sniped in head and killed at once. He was in the trenches. We were short of bombs, and were passing them along. He raised his head above the trench and was killed at once.'

Fifth statement, 3637 Pte G. McMILLAN, 59th Bn, 11 April 1919: 'Casualty was in the Front Line Trench at Morlencourt [sic]. He was sniped by Rifle bullet which entered his head killing him instantly. I was 6 yds. away at the time of his death. I examined his body one minute later. He was buried in Cemetery outside of Morlancourt. A cross was erected over his grave with his name, number and unit on it.'

Sixth statement, 5396 Pte W.J. HOYNE, 60th Bn, 4 July 1919: 'I could not give correct description of Casualty but I made the cross that was erected over his grave. He was buried in the Morlancourt Cemetery.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 2710702J

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