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Cecil Elijah Roy BURT

Regimental number22
Place of birthDergholm, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressSolomontown, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Amelia Burt, Three Chain Road, Solomontown, South Australia
Enlistment date7 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Divisional Cyclist Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number12/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his platoon came under very heavy machine gun and rifle fire from an enemy strong point during an attack on the enemy's positions, Corporal Burt and a comrade advanced with a Lewis gun in front of their platoon and directed such an accurate demoralizing fire on the enemy that forty of them with four machine guns surrendered to these two men, to whose courage and unhesitating action this valuable success was due.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Date of death21 February 1968
Age at death73
Place of burialKoorawatha Cemetery, New South Wales

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