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Cuthbert Cyril Child WREN

Date of birth27 August 1871
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSalesman
AddressWharf Street, Queen's Park, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ellen Aubrey Wren, Wharf Street, Queen's Park, Western Australia
Previous military service37th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date20 October 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
Promotions

HON LT


Promotion date: 13 March 1916

Captain


Promotion date: 21 January 1917

Major


Promotion date: 21 October 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 16 April 1921
Medals

Military Cross

'At Herleville, during operations on 22nd August 1918, for gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as liaison officer and forward observation officer to infantry. Before zero, although slightly wounded, he laid his telephone wire into 'No Man's Land', after which he followed the attack, extending his wire; and also assisted the infantry in gaining their final objective. During the whole of the operations he kept his brigade headquarters informed as to the position of our infantry, and by his fine example inspired his men, so enabling them to keep the telephone wire going. He was, during the greater part of the operations, under heavy machine gun and artillery fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date17 August 1921
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded, 22 Auyust 1918; 29 September 1918.

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

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