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Cecil WALLIS

Regimental number805
Place of birthHornsby, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAcrobat
AddressThornleigh, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, M G Wallis, The Esplanade, Thornleigh, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations near ZONNEBEKE, East of YPRES. On the morning of 7th November 1917, while the Bn. transport was conveying rations along ZONNEBEKE Road, it was subjected to heavy shell fire, causing many casualties in men and horses. Driver WALLIS's team bolted and threw him heavily to the ground, the limber passing over him. Although badly shaken and bruised, he immediately mounted another team, the driver of which had become a casualty, and through heavy shell fire drove to appointed dump. He then returned, hitched the team to his own limber and took it forward. By his action he materially assisted in saving nearly the whole of the rations for the troops in the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Thornley, New South Wales.
Date of death26 August 1946
Place of burialCasino Cemetery

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