Cecil John BYRNE

Regimental number3016
Place of birthAraluen, New South Wales
SchoolBunalloo Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressAraluen, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Byrne, Araluen, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date3 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAraluen, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Gallantry and devotion to duty as runner and guide. (Pozieres)'
Recommendation date: 16 August 1916

FateDied of wounds 11 March 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22.10
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialMartinpuick British Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary BYRNE, Redbank, Araluen, New South Wales

Military Medal

'On 1st August, 1916, at POZIERES acted as runner to Major GRANT while party was employed digginhg forward trench in No Man's Land; went back and forth under heavy shell-fire and acted as guide to reliefs.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BYRNE Cecil John