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Thullier Lake CARDEW

Regimental number2793
Place of birthWoolahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Other NamesThuillier Lake
SchoolKing's School, Parramatta, New South Wales
Other trainingHawkesbury Agricultural College, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address75 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight154.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, J.H. Cardew, 75 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Clarissa CARDEW, 'St Ermie', Ingram Road, Wahroonga, New South Wales. Native of Sydney
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Now, 24 January 1917, reported 'Wounded and Missing, 19/20 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 690203, 2890 Pte G.A. WEST, 54th Bn, 3 February 1919: 'At 7.30. a.m. on July 26th 1916 he was bombing about 10 yards from me in a German trench at Fleurbaix which we had captured the previous day when he was sniped through the back of the head by the Germans who had got round behind us. I was captured myself about an hour later and saw his dead body when I was being taken away. He was left in the trench which remained in German hands.'

Second statement, 2783 Corporal R.H. BOYTON, D Company, 54th Bn (patient, No 9 General Hospital, Rouen), 8 December 1916: 'I knew Cardew ... I was told by Pte. Skilhorne of D Co. that he had seen Cardew, who had been wounded in the side, going down the trench to the dressing station at Fromelles on the 19th July. He did not say if Cardew was badly wounded. I never heard anything further about him.'

Third statement, 3576 Pte J.D. MILNE, A Company, 54th Bn, 31 December 1918: 'He was on same gun as myself. Early in morning of 20th July, at Fleurbaix, during enemy's counter attack was killed outright by bullet, shot through hand. We had to evacuate our position to go further down the line, his body was left where he fell. Pte. C. West of A. Coy., L/Gunners took his papers.'

Fourth statement, 3170 Lnce Corporal J.H. WILSON, A Company, 54th Bn (ex-POW), 21 January 1919: 'At Fleurbaix on 19/20th July 1916, in enemy's firt line trench. He was killed by bullet - hit in neck. I think he was shot by sniper. I saw his body lying in the trench. I was wounded and lying alongside him. Snipers got a good many of us in this trench.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CARDEW Thullier Lake
Red Cross file 690203

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