|Place of birth
|Age at embarkation
|Next of kin
|W G L Cheslyn, 32 Stoneham Road, Clapham, London, England
|Rank on enlistment
|1st Battalion, Headquarters
|AWM Embarkation Roll number
|Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on
|Rank from Nominal Roll
|Unit from Nominal Roll
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)
For cinspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 16-17 april 1918.
|Returned to Australia
|Miscellaneous information from
|Parents: Richard and Beatrice CHESLYN. Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance.
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 16th/17th April, 1918, South West of METEREN, when it was most important owing to the obscurity of the situation that touch should be established with the French who were operating on our left. Corporal CHESLYN who is Signalling Corporal on his own initiative set out in the dark in country unknown to him and succeeded in establishing touch, and gained very valuable information. Next morning, on the 17th April, 1918, during a heavy bombardment and attack by the enemy he went over open country to establish telephone communication with the left Company. He came under aimed rifle fire but he continued to push the wire before him along a small ditch till near Company Headquarters. Before reaching there he ran out of wire, he returned to Battalion Headquarters much exhausted but set out again over the same country. Though slightly wounded by a bullet he succeeded in reaching Company Headquarters and establishing telephone communication. Later in the day he again passed over the same country to mend the line when it was broken by shell fire. He displayed not only great determination but courage and endurance and showed fine devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western FrontMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Date of death
|Age at death
|Place of burial
|Botany Cemetery, New South Wales