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Cecil Norman Joseph WARD

Regimental number1018
Place of birthWellington, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address132 Flinders Street, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 10.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Ilma Constance Ward, 132 Flinders Street, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1918
Discharge date30 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 25 May 1915.

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915; disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 27 January 1916, of being absent without leave from 2 pm, 17 January, to 3 pm, 21 January 1916: awarded 96 hours' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 9 days' pay.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 14 February 1916.

Found guilty, 10 March 1916, of breaking camp and being absent without leave from 0700, 3 March, to 2000, 8 March 1916: reverted to the ranks, and forfeited 6 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Injured while on duty, 4 June 1916; soldier held to be in no way to blame; admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 June 1916 (hernia); transferred to hospital (not specified), 10 June 1916; to 6th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 4 July 1916; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, 7 July 1916.

Found guilty, 29 September 1916, of breaking out of camp and being in possession of spirits: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 11 January 1917 (scabies); transferred to Segregation Camp, Etaples, 29 January 1917.

Found guilty, 18 February 1917, of drunkenness, 17 February 1917: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Rejoined 20th Bn, in the field, 8 March 1917.

Promoted Acting Sergeant (without pay), 6 April 1917.

Found guilty, 26 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 11 pm, 21 June, to 3 pm, 22 June 1917: reverted to the ranks, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Admitted to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 19 July 1917 (hard chancre); transferred to Ambulance Train No 30, and admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 21 July 1917; discharged, 30 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 43 days. Rejoined Bn, in the field, 19 October 1917.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 May 1918 (synovitis, right knee); transferred via Casualty Clearing Station to 56th General Hospital, Etaples, 27 May 1918; to England, 29 May 1918, and admitted same day to Essex County Hospital (affiliated with Colchester Military Hospital) (condition: severe). Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 18 June 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Boonah', 21 July 1918; disembarked Adelaide, 17 September 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: deranged semiluna cartilage right knee: recurrent), 30 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death2 October 1939
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARD Cecil Norman Joseph

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